The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Brockley Jack 23 August

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Rehearsal photo from Perfect Shadow Mingled Yarn’s Facebook page

O, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day,
Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
And by and by a cloud takes all away!

That’s what’s called mise en abyme even in Brockley–part of the work reflects describes or encompasses the whole.  We had flashes of brilliance and forebodings of genius from Shakespeare and a very good production from Perfect Shadow Mingled Yarn.  Fraser Wall as Proteus in his crotch-hanging cerise trousers and looking very beautiful well portrayed the rawness, grace, clumsiness and inconstancy of youth and Elliot Fitzpatrick was also very good and slightly more firm of purpose as Valentine.  I enjoyed the use of manic music and foregrounded scene changes to emphasise the mad impetuosity of youth and the 70s-style office furniture and drinks on trays everywhere to serve the unendurable tedium of the grown-up world.  (Was that a reference to Mad Men, taken with the tailoring?–looked like a slightly later period to me.)

Most of the things I was looking forward to seeing worked very well–in its place, Who is Sylvia? what is she was unbearably affecting, though or because Proteus wasn’t really singing.  And it had an earlier unscheduled outing as Who is Julia? just to show what lying hounds men are.  Crab turned out to be merely a stuffed toy dog, which was a bit of a let-down for the biggest animal role in Shakespeare.

But  Yes Yes Yes Yes I say

Good Good Good Good

Go Go Go Go.

 

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