Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club presents AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare
An ALL-MALE PRODUCTION of the timeless comedy, touring to the EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2012
“All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts…”
Performed with an all-male cast, as it would have originally been staged, this CUADC production of As You Like It will be a festival of ludicrous metatheatre. Join the inhabitants of a corrupt modern-day court as they are thrown into the idyllic wonderland of Arden…a rollercoaster theatrical experience, where everyone is in Elizabethan costume.
‘…fleet the time carelessly as they did in the golden world…’
Rosalind and Celia just want to find somewhere to charge their iPods (the former likes Beyonce, the latter…definitely Katie Melua), but they have to get into Globe-garb, and listen to the sonorous lilt of the Renaissance lute. As they wander deeper into the countryside, they fall further and further into the past and find themselves in a completely different theatre. Court wrestling becomes WWE, Rosalind and Celia have to shed their Louis Vuitton and get into corsets, and Orlando can’t get any signal on his Blackberry, so he’ll have to try his hand at tree-carving.
‘There's no clock in the forest…’
This is Shakespeare at its most inventive, most ridiculous and most playful. CUADC’s As You Like It is a modern rendering of the play, but will be (teasingly) faithful to the hilarious, heart-breaking and highly energetic performances of the original Elizabethan stage.