‘What is love?’ Shakespeare’s comedy features the excitement and danger of falling in love. The hierarchy of status does not mean that love can be taken for granted. The path of true love is most definitely not smooth.
Twelfth Night also confronts a darker side of loss, Olivia has recently lost a father and a brother, while Viola believes her twin brother to be drowned. Both re-examine their role in an essentially male-dominated world.
Gender is fluid and cannot be assumed from appearance alone, Viola/Cesario is, ‘all the daughters of my father’s house and all the brothers too’.
Alongside the serious business of love there is an infectious element of fun and life seen as a never-ending party where pranks and jokes can sometimes spiral out of control. You can’t have a party without music and music is at the heart of this production. Expect a lot of fun, a few surprises and some twists as ‘present mirth hath present laughter.’
Carnon Downs Drama Group were last at the Minack in 2018 with Henry IV Part I and were invited back for 2020 and 2021 (whatever happened to those years!) After two years of cancellation they can’t wait to back at the Minack.
Carnon Downs are an RSC Open Space company who were selected to perform the parts of the mechanicals and Bottom in the RSC 2016 touring production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Some of the cast of ‘Twelfth Night’ were in that production, whilst others are taking part in the RSC ‘Henry VI Rebellion’ for five performances in Stratford in April 2022.
As well some will also be part of the RSC Shakespeare Nation in association with the Hall for Cornwall and performing their Comedy of Errors at HfC 10th April 2022.