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The HandleBards: As You Like It – Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Emily Hall

You won’t regret the trek outside of the Old Town to the fringe of the Fringe to the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens for this stunning dusk performance.

The blooms and sunbathed castle in the distance might take your breath away, but the brash ladies who biked there to perform Shakespeare will take your food and your alcohol.

Find yourself immersed in the forest of Arden, for the escapade of a banished niece, her infatuated suitor, her loyal cousin and some other misplaced lovers around to mix things up.

Shakespeare’s best quips are punctuated by outrageous expressions and indispensable additions. This troupe of four manages the whole cast with a combination of shocking acting, making you forget that the same woman might be performing four or more characters, and innovative techniques, using the props and oh so much more to ensure that the stage is filled at any given time.

It is cheeky, it is hilarious and it is touching (sometimes literally). To single out one of the performers for praise would be to neglect the incomparable talent and cohesion displayed by the small troupe. Though they may be hipsters, they do know Shakespeare (or most of their lines, anyways).

Bring kids for a version of Shakespeare they will enjoy, and bring offerings of extra alcohol if you fancy a drink for yourself. Any fans of the Bard would be remiss to neglect Shakespeare’s true spirit of bawdiness and absurdity that these talented actresses biked, set and all, to the Fringe.

Runs until 13 August 2017 | Image: Contributed

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