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The School Of Night’s Spontaneous Shakespeare (Extempore Theatre – Festival Highlights)

By | Published on Thursday 22 August 2013

This just might be my favourite thing on the entire planet. An improv show with a literary twist, it begins with a variety of games, in which our four literate, articulate extemporisers improvise around books provided by the audience, and compose Chaucerian verse inspired by a member’s family history. All this is just a warm up for the main act: a fully improvised Shakespearean play – in iambic pentameter – dreamt up on the spot. This is peppered with recaps of the action in different dramatic and poetic styles ensuring that the audience is constantly amused and that the performers are always working hard. If all the world really were a stage, I’d like to imagine it would be something like this.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 25 Aug, 2.00pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andrew Leask]