Writer: Harper Ray and Adam Sibbald
Reviewer: John Roberts
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre have struck gold, not only have they created two neatly packed fringe friendly shows running at a bum friendly 50minutes each but they have also found a way to finally make Shakespeare truly accessible not only to children but adults as well.
Romeo &Juliet (The Party Planners Tale) &Titus Andronicus (The Pie Makers Tale) use the framing a third party character – not seen in the original plays, retelling the tale of each play from their perspective. A simple but brilliantly executed device.
In The Party Planners Tale – Cherise played with a sparkling energy by Sally Lofthouse plays the Capulet’s party planner – her job is to make the masked ball go without a hitch – all the ingredients are there, balloons, dancing elephants even Katy Perry blasting out at full blast, its an entertaining time, but unlike its bigger more brutal brother it all seems a little too twee and candy coated.
The Pie Makers Tale on the other hand is deliciously darker and more gruesome and the rôle of the pie maker played with relish by Tom Giles, he handles the audience perfectly and has a devious twinkle in his eye throughout. When kitchen utensils come into play to help tell the tale and what happens to the many characters things could easily come crashing down, but the creators manage to find a clever way of ensuring we all follow the plot to the bitter end.
One hopes that this is the start of a series to bring all of Shakespeare’s tales to the stage in this way as the pieces are thoroughly captivating and often humorous… now where can one get hold of the scripts for these tantalizing tales?