Review: The Garden Players perform Twelfth Night
THE Garden Players reignited my love for William Shakespeare, which has laid dormant since I finished my degree. Their production of Twelfth Night was superbly cast, very funny and well suited to the beautiful gardens of Storrington.
The Garden Players productions started in 2008 in the garden of Steve and June McAdam's home in Ledborough Wood, Beaconsfield.
Due to the tremendous success they have continued every year, and have so far raised £28,000 for their chosen charities.
This year's production is again raising money for the Child Bereavement Charity, which is based in Saunderton.
And after seeing last night's production of Twelfth night, directed by Archie Wilson, I can see why these productions are so popular.
I have always loved Shakespeare but I haven't given the great Bard enough attention in recent years.
So it was a real pleasure to see one of his best plays performed by such a competent cast.
The setting is beautiful with a backdrop of trees and lends perfectly to actors coming on and off stage- I really felt part of the performance.
All the cast were excellent but Gerard Nolan as the slightly effeminate Sir Andre Aguecheek was extremely funny. Just the way he flounced about prompted laughter and his delivery even more so.
Sir Toby played by Rob Aldington was also line perfect and together they made a brilliant duo, add to this the talented Jan Edwards as Maria and you have the perfect mix.
Graham Weeks was superb as the pompous Malvolio and the best bit of the play had to be when he came on grinning maniacally and wearing yellow stockings.
The lighting and music were both well done.
The costumes were superbly made and added to the professional feel of the production.
The play made me want to rush home and read more of Shakespeare's plays as the cast made his work so accessible.
This is an excellent production in every sense and one I would certainly recommend.
Twelfth Night is at Storrington, 13, Ledborough Wood, Beaconsfield, HP9 2DJ until June 30 every evening at 7.45pm. Tickets are £15 (£12 concessions) which includes a glass of wine and a programme. Call 01628 522854.