Make merry with Bard's best-loved comic character
One of Shakespeare's best loved comic characters, Sir John Falstaff, is once again set to seduce audiences in a production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, presented by Devon-bred young company Creative Cow, in association with Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, which is touring venues around the UK including several dates in the Westcountry.
It is said that when Queen Elizabeth I saw Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, she laughed so much at the character of Sir John Falstaff she ordered his continued existence at her court. The result was The Merry Wives of Windsor, a play that provides audiences with generous helpings of wit, broad farce, trickery and true love. The plot is built around the puffed up and degenerate Sir John Falstaff, a Knight of the Garter, who is seized with the outrageous idea that to seduce two of Windsor's wealthy merry wives will prove his virility and give him access to their money.
The Merry Wives of Windsor is at Dulverton Town Hall on October 4 and 5; The New Theatre, Exeter from October 31 to November 2 and The Regal Theatre, Minehead on November 3.
Innovative dance explores parent and child relationship
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Unexpected Animal and Kindling form an exciting and intimate new double bill of duets which explores the relationship between mother and son through dance, performance and film. Commissioned by Pavilion Dance Southwest with support from the University of Falmouth, it is being showcased at Calstock Arts next month. Choreographed by Saffy Setohy and performed by dance artist Lois Taylor and her teenage son Jake, it invites the audience to witness a tender and playful expression of a parent and child on the cusp of change. Weaving visceral movement, text and imagery and a sound score encompassing live and found sounds, the show is a unique collaborative enquiry into a relationship and the places it dances through. Unexpected Animal gives attention to the unfolding and evolving of this relationship in the live moment of performance. Kindling explores Lois and Jake's relationship to their home environment in a collage of expanded moments in time, captured on film.
It's suitable for all ages. For more information visit calstockarts.org.