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The company of The Comedy of Errors forms the band accompanying Antipholus of Ephesus (James Tucker, centre) on the spoons. Left to right: Mariah Gale, James Traherne (hidden), Sophie Russell, Peter Peverley (hidden) and Christine Entwisle
Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC
Antipholus of Syracuse (Richard Katz)
Most performances of this production of The Comedy of Errors took place in schools. The company took over entire halls with the audience of school-children sitting around three sides of the playing space. The action took place anywhere, including - as shown here - among the children.
Wearing chunky boots and a bleach-blonde wig, the Courtesan (Mariah Gale) entertains her guests.David Carr (right) accompanies on the drum.
At the start of The Comedy of Errors, Egeon describes how he and his wife, his twin sons and their twin servants came to be separated by a shipwreck. In this production, the company acted out this story while Egeon spoke, showing the twins tied together. As is conventional in The Comedy of Errors, the Antipholus and Dromio twins wore identical costumes so the audience could easily identify them.
Left to right: Dromio of Syracuse (Jonjo O'Neill), representative of Egeon (Dharmesh Patel), Antipholus of Syracuse (Richard Katz), Emilia (Sophie Russell), Antipholus of Ephesus (James Tucker) and Dromio of Ephesus (Dyfan Dwyfor)
The company act out Egeon's story of the shipwreck while the Duke of Ephesus, Solinus, watches. Using sounds, music and an oversize grey costume, the company created the violent storm which broke up the ship.
Left to right: Dromio of Syracuse (Jonjo O'Neill), representative of Egeon (Dharmesh Patel), Antipholus of Syracuse (Richard Katz), the storm (Christine Entwisle), Emilia (Sophie Russell), Antipholus of Ephesus (James Tucker), Dromio of Ephesus (Dyfan Dwyfor) and Solinus (James Traherne).
Dromio of Syracuse (Jonjo O'Neill)
Antipholus of Ephesus (James Tucker) is arrested by an officer James Traherne).
Dromio of Ephesus (Dyfan Dwyfor)
The Cook in the Antipholus of Ephesus household (Dharmesh Patel, almost up-staged by a funny hat and two footballs...)
The children in the audience can't hide their delight at the appearance of the Cook (Dharmesh Patel).
Angelo the jeweller (Dharmesh Patel)
As Egeon (David Carr) tells Solinus (James Traherne) about the shipwreck which separated his family, they watch the company acting out the story.
Adriana (Christine Entwisle) grows angry and confused about her husband's behaviour.In the background, Peter Peverley (left) and James Traherne provide musical accompaniment to the scene.
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