Twelfth Night 16.30 (Aaron)
WILIAM SHAKESPEARE’S TWELFTH NIGHT
Adapted by Ben Murray-Watson
PRODUCER / WRITER’S NOTE
This year marks our sixth straight year performing at Brighton Open Air Theatre and the second year that we’ve attempted two productions on the same day.
Once again, on just one week’s rehearsal, Luke and Aaron will be placing their own creative take on our one hour script.
The world is a strange and worrying place at the moment and there is no area better than a stage to transport us into a fantastical realm of fools and foolery.
Inherently, Twelfth Night has difficulties. There are a number of underdeveloped character journeys and we are expected to approach it with a healthy acceptance of Shakespeare’s ‘theatrical licence’. Taking those various disconnected paths and fine-tuning it to an hour demands even more from you, the audience!
Having said that, these weeks are about fun and escapism. A chance to play with a language that is at the heart of our theatrical history and to address Shakespeare’s writing in a way that it was meant for – through performance.
I was lucky enough to have an English teacher who taught us Shakespeare by getting us out of our seats and ‘acting’. I have fallen in love with it ever since. The vision for these yearly weeks is to enable other young children and teenagers to equally embrace that love and to be inspired by the language and the theatricality that Shakespeare demands.
I am hugely grateful and delighted that we can bring together two amazing casts of young actors once more.
If you’d like to learn more about YAG or try out one of our term time weekly classes, then do take a look at our website. Enjoy the show!
Ben Murray-Watson, Founder, The Young Actors Group
THE TWELFTH NIGHT CAST
CAPTAIN – Felix Small
VIOLA – Daisy Stephens
SEBASTIAN – Morton Daniels
ANTONIO – Honey Overton-Lemmon
FOOL / FESTE – Lucy Murray-Watson
ORSINO – Alex Hitchcock
CURIO – Elkie Kanapka
OLIVIA – Ashleigh Dyer
MARIA – Leila Smith
TOBY – Oren Seymour Jones
ANDREW – Amia Mari Sequoia-Pintos
VALENTINE – Rosa Overton-Lemmon
MALVOLIO – Stan Toyne
FABIAN – Jake Murray-Watson
OFFICER 1 / SERVANT – Sebbie Hitchcock
OFFICER 2 / PRIEST – Sasha Smith
THE TWELFTH NIGHT CREATIVE TEAM
Director – Aaron Tonks
Assistant Director – Maya Cooper
Producer / Writer – Ben Murray-Watson
Movement Director – Holly Ray
Set Design and Build – Delphine du Barry
Costume Designer – Maya Cooper
Costume Hire – Gladrags Community Costume
Marketing – Heather Barron-Casoni
Father Felix Mascarenhas and Church of the Good Shepherd
Sarah and Helena Bullen
Brighton Open Air Theatre
Every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister and friend who are supporting their young actors today and throughout their lives.