While still performing Much Ado About Nothing until tomorrow night, Titchfield Festival Theatre have already started planning and rehearsing for their production of Twelfth Night.
Beginning on August 10 the theatre company are performing the Shakespearean classic for ten days at their permanent base, St Margaret’s Arts, Titchfield.
The play centres around mistaken identity, a recurrent theme in Shakespearean prose.
Olivia is shipwrecked onto a beach, and believing her brother Sebastian is dead, disguises herself as a male servant. The plot follows their actions and the consequences as the people become infatuation takes over.
Paul King who is directing the production lives in Fareham and has worked with the company for a couple of years.
He says: ‘It is about addition and infatuation. I think there is only one person who is truely in love and they are pining. No-one is really in love.
‘I quite like Shakespeare and Twelfth Night is more about infatuation for one particular character. I personally like directing his comedies, I enjoy directing anyway.’
But Titchfield are giving the classic play a twist, although not necessarily a modern one.
Paul adds: ‘The play is set in about 1900 and one reason for that is so the women can wear trousers and are instantly recognisable. Also that means we are in the early Edwardian age and it’s all about romance and art novae.
‘It’s all very romantic and we are using music from that period so it has that feel to it.’
Happy to direct the plays Paul says he only does one in a summer season, adding ‘I think at my age one project at a time is a good idea.
‘The company wanted to do it and rehearsals are going very well.
We get our costumes about three days before the play and we’ll have a costume fitting before the show on a Sunday. Even though we are an amateur company the costume people I go to in Cardiff actually listen when we describe what we want.
‘Most just get given what they get. But I think it is all going well.’
Tickets: £9 - £11 St Margaret’s Arts, Titchfield (01329) 556156 or titchfieldfestivaltheatre.co.uk.