The Comedy Of Errors,
Company, Newhaven Fort, August 20
On one of the best evenings weatherwise the popular Oddsocks Theatre Company’s travelling stage rolled into Newhaven for their annual visit to the Fort.
This talented company always attract a large audience and perform their irreverent versions of Shakespeare plays, which has them rocking with laughter.
The 2013 summer tour is The Comedy of Errors adapted and directed by Artistic Director and founder of the company Andy Barrow. Andy also appears in the production playing Will Barrow who plays Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus.
You do not have to know the story to enjoy this production as it is easy to follow and thoroughly enjoyable. True professionals the cast also have to be masters of comedy and be able to play musical instruments as well. The cast of four men and two women all play travelling players who in turn play the Shakespearian characters.
Reminiscent of the old strolling players of yesteryear their stage is their caravan with amazing set changes co-ordinated by Gavin Harrison who plays Toby Ornot playing Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus.
Young and old love Oddsocks productions because a visit to this unique travelling theatre company guarantees a night of fun and laughter. You never know what is going to happen and there is a lot of audience participation. When a small plane flew over the open-air performance during the first half the action halted until it had disappeared then dialogue was repeated to applause and laughter.
By Amanda Wilkins