Mimbre were commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to create an outdoor performance celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s legacy. The show premiered at Stratford-Upon-Avon on April 23 2016 and has been invited back for the Birthday celebrations on 22 April 2017.
Wondrous Strange indulges in the physical and visual imagery from Shakespeare’s plays, expanding on fleeting moments and bringing into focus action which is usually just alluded to.
An unsuspecting woman gets pulled into a chaotic play by a colourful troupe of Elizabethan performers and through her eyes the audience is introduced to a host of well-known characters: cheeky fairies taunt Bottom in a raucous dance, Romeo and Juliet court each other on a balancing ladder, multiple Hamlets manipulate a stream of skulls, Kings fight and die at a relentless pace, and Ophelia slowly floats by on a bed of flowers..
The performance does not use any text and is accessible regardless of the audience’s previous knowledge of Shakespeare. The visual and physical nature of the performance can work as either a gateway into Shakespeare’s colourful stories, or as a game of ‘Shakespeare Bingo’ for the more introduced, where moments, characters and play titles can be identified and ticked off!
Wondrous Strange is performed by a cast of six acrobats, with a striking design by Loren Elstein using a range of costumes from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s archive. It is approximately 45 minutes long and can be performed either indoor or outdoor. For full technical specifications please contact email@example.com
The audience said:
‘Weird, baffling, clever….Wondrously strange’
‘Fantastic physical performance that really captured the spirit of the plays’
‘Wonderful. Loved how gritty it was, full of emotion’
‘Very young children near me were transfixed’
‘It was lively and vibrant, suitable for all ages’
Artistic Director: Lina Johansson
Acrobatic Director: Silvia Fratelli
Performed & devised: Mélissa Colello, Craig Dagostino, Silvia Fratelli, Alison Halstead, Simon Hunt, Alcina Mendes
Design: Loren Elstein
Sound design: Alan D.Boyd
Assistant Designer: Tash Prynne
Stage Manager: Katie Thackeray
Wondrous Strange was created in 2016 and is currently available for touring.