THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE* *But Just The Deaths (and the gory bits too)

This jaunty little potter through the more gruesome elements of Shakespeare’s works really ‘gets’ the tone needed for this strange 2020 hybrid of live theatre / film / desperation to be involved with the Fringe at all costs.

This is a joyous little nugget that rolls with the punches

The sprightly central character is joined by a host of other thesps as they splash about in some favourite bloodbaths for our delectation. In its wide-eyed and somewhat frantic perkiness to get through as many of the grotty bits as they can, the team do lose something in terms of clarity and flow: if you’re not au fait with the basics of the Bard, then much of this may go over your head. That said, it’s hardly one for the purists: making, for example, some deliciously confident capital out of the sort of eclectic props and makeshift costumes that epitomise any self-respecting Fringe revue. The most successful elements are the set-piece parodies (Come Banquet With Me particularly) which work really well in a Horrible Histories kind of a way and showcase the Loons own particular blend of intellectual understanding and sense of fun.

In a truly rotten year for the Arts, when well-intentioned ad hoc arrangements often necessarily fall short, this is a joyous little nugget that rolls with the punches and comes up smelling like a rose by any other name.

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We’re going to do the impossible -show every death seen & mentioned in all of Shakespeare...

Horrible Histories meets Shakespeare in this crazy whistle-stop tour full of Songs, Slapstick & just a Dash of Death...

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