It was a perfect evening on July 2nd for some outdoor entertainment at the field behind Grove Hall in Huntingdon, as people gathered to watch the Repercussion Theatre perform one of William Shakespeare’s comedies, Twelfth Night (or What You Will). The 10 cast members and director Amanda Kellock put on an amazing show. From drunken sword fights to grown men in yellow tights, the crowd erupted in a standing ovation at the end of the final act.
Twelfth Night refers to the final night of a winter festival that, in Tudor England, ended around January 6th in a night of celebratory misrule, where role reversal and disguise was the norm, and the world was temporarily flipped upside down.
This play is about a young man – who is actually a woman named Viola – who serves the love-sick Duke Orsino in helping him to woo the grief-stricken Lady Olivia. This mission becomes complicated however, when Olivia falls for Viola, thinking she’s a man, and Viola falls for the duke who is still madly in love with Olivia. In addition to all of this disarray, Viola’s lost identical twin brother shows up, confusing everyone including himself. But the chaos doesn’t end there. Throw in a drunken uncle, sneaky servants, forges love-letter, and neon yellow stocking and you find yourself laughing for two straight hours.
The performance was free to watch, but donations were much appreciated. Repercussion Theatre is a non-profit organization and one of the few theatre companies in the world that brings professional, classically based productions to life in different communities.
Grove Hall is a community driven Performing Arts Centre. They are located in Huntingdon, Quebec and host numerous artistic and community events throughout the year. Click here to visit their website. For more information on Repercussion Theatre click here.