The Popular Mechanicals

Encore Theatre

The popular mechanicals are Shakespeare’s greatest clowns – the endearingly amateur acting ensemble led by Bottom in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Here, they take centre-stage in a wild imagining of what goes on in the wings. The result is a riotously funny mix of Shakespearean verse, songs and dance that is lewd, rude and ingenious. Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and some hilarious puppetry come together to create an unhinged feast of wit and profanity.
Theatre/Venue NameClayton Community Centre
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Performance Dates

Evenings:                   July 14*, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 at 8pm

Matinees:                   July 16*, 22 at 2.15 pm

*Opening Night: Wine and Supper with the Cast after the show

*Opening weekend matinee: Devonshire Tea at Interval

Box office URLBooking Info
Box office phone number1300 739 099
Creative Team

Andrew Ferguson – Director

Julie Argyle-across – Musical Director

Production Coordinator…Christine Simmonds

Stage Manager…Margaret Baxter

Lighting Design…Martin Gray

Sound Design…Andrew Ferguson

Lighting Operation…Oscar Lanigan

Sound Operation…Annie Blood

Costumes…Christine Bridge

Set Design…Andrew Ferguson

Set Construction…Bill Rendall, Lance Wheatland, Richard Ridler, Ian McCormick, Len Richardson

Marketing…Katie and Christine Simmonds

Properties…Christine Simmonds and Cast

Front-of-House Coordinator… Joan Krutli

Poster and Program Design…Katie Simmonds

Intimacy Coordinator…Elise D’Amico

Rehearsal Prompt…Christine Simmonds

Photography…Dave Swann

Ticket Secretary…Katie Simmonds

Cast List

Elise D’Amico as Quince

Joe Dias as Bottom

Gilbert Gauci as Snout

Bohdi Lindsey as Starveling

Bel Shields as Flute

Sam Stone as Snug

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