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Shakespeare in the Vines

January 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This summer Essential Theatre in conjunction with the Seppeltsfield Road Business Alliance proudly presents Shakespeare’s delightful comedy – Twelfth Night.

“If music be the food of love, play on”

Essential Theatre Co Artistic Director Amanda LaBonte returns to direct this laugh out loud comedy, one of her favourites in the canon. Amanda has a wealth of experience performing Shakespeare, and brings a fresh eye to this hilarious, yet heartbreaking tale of unrequited love. We also welcome back designer, Amaya Vecellio, to weave her magic on the costumes and bring the world of Ilyria to life.

Essential Theatre Artistic Directors Amanda LaBonte and Sophie Lampel are very proud to be celebrating their 16th summer of Shakespeare in the Vines. This program has grown from strength to strength ensuring the longevity of this ambitious and entrepreneurial Victorian theatre company. These passionate theatre makers re-interpret the classic texts for modern audiences delivering vibrant and engaging productions. Whether you’re new to the work of Essential Theatre or a regular audience member, you are guaranteed a night to remember.

The Tale

The cast of 8 professional actors will take you on a joyful ride, as Seppeltsfield Winery transforms into the magical land of Illyria.

After a raging shipwreck, Viola finds herself washed ashore, separated from her twin brother, Sebastian, and alone on the beach of Illyria. This town is familiar, but somewhat strange – a dreamland where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem.

To survive, Viola immerses herself into this new land. She discovers a melancholic Duke, a pair of jovial drunkards, a sullen servant and cross-dressing lovers. Mischief ensues – hearts are tangled, pranks are played, and poor Viola finds herself right in the middle of a love triangle!

We invite you to join this journey with Viola, be delighted by the unforgettable characters and thrilled by the adventures that this strange yet wonderful land has to offer.

Seppeltsfield Road Business Alliance invite you to join us at ­­­­­­Seppeltsfield Winery on Saturday 27th January 2018 from 5pm where Shakespeare beautifully balances the anguish of unrequited love, and the high spirit of clever comedy in this hilarious tale, Twelfth Night amongst a magnificent setting.

Food and Wine from over 12 Seppeltsfield Road wineries will be available from 5pm, performance from 6.30pm. No BYO alcohol permitted.

Adult ticket $45 // Children under 18 yrs $20
Under 12 years Free (must remain seated during the performance and supervised at all times)

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January 27, 2018
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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