Twelfth Night (2015)
Pharmacy Theatre’s previous piece of theatre was a disco adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. This was a lot of fun - because we were staging it in a garden, we decided to do the whole thing on acoustic instruments, which ended up being quite a challenge to write disco music on - cello, violin, mandolin, saxophone, percussion, and a trio of singers.
Twelfth Night begins with a shipwreck - the idea for our adapation was that the band were the crewmates, and I as the bandleader was the Captain. This meant I had to deliver the Captain’s lines at the beginning of the play, which I managed to forget every night, and had to replace with extended mandolin solos while I remembered what I was supposed to be saying. Sorry Shakespeare.