Presented by Country Arts SA and State Theatre Company South Australia

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the theatre this evening, Shakespeare’s greatest clowns – the rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – take centrestage in this wild re-imagining of what might have happened offstage during the Bard’s most loved comedy.

Perhaps the most famous group of amateur thespians of all time, the cast of the play-withina-play Pyramus and Thisbe, bumble their way through rehearsals, misadventures and sheer idiocy in an hysterically funny mix of verse, song and dance.

Ages 13+

By Keith Robertson, William Shakespeare and Tony Taylor. Original Direction by Geoffrey Rush.

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Post Show Talk with Cast members from The Popular Mechanicals (3.30pm Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, All other venues 7pm)
Have you ever asked yourself, how an actor prepares for a role, how to they make the decisions they do? Or how they prepare for creating a new work and going on tour for 3 months?

Be a part of CONNECT and meet our special guest cast members from The Popular Mechanicals.
Admission to CONNECT is FREE – just stay in your seats after the show

Download the comprehensive CONNECT notes for The Popular Mechanicals here.

Stand-up Comedy Workshop with Lori Bell
This workshop focusses on all the performance aspects of stand up including, stage presence, body language, finding the light, microphone technique, and speech. It also delves in to learning and remembering your stand up and how to cope if you lose your lines or get stuck with a heckler. It is not a workshop in how to write stand-up comedy, but we will discuss what works well with an audience. This is also very suited to those who want to improve their public speaking.
DURATION: 120mins
SUITABILITY: 15 years and above
VENUE: Open space – no technical equipment required
PRICE: Workshop $10


Character Masterclass with Charles Mayer
Students will be guided through a process of developing a character for themselves, exploring voice and movement choices as well as intentions and actions, based on text, given circumstances, designer choices and the students own imagination, in a 2 hour hands-on drama masterclass led by cast members of The Popular Mechanicals.
DURATION: 120mins
SUITABILITY: 15 years and above
VENUE: Open space – no technical equipment required
PRICE: Workshop $10


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