Updated English stereotypes in classic performance

L-R Ryan Stagg, Lara Hardwick & Nick Downes as Lelio, Rosaura & Doctor Balanzoni.  Southsea Shakespeare Actors is putting on The Venetian Twins at the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea from March 28-31.
L-R Ryan Stagg, Lara Hardwick & Nick Downes as Lelio, Rosaura & Doctor Balanzoni. Southsea Shakespeare Actors is putting on The Venetian Twins at the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea from March 28-31.
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Think classic mistaken identity and big comic characters as Southsea Shakespeare Actors is putting on Goldoni’s The Venetian Twins.

From March 28-31 at the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea, the group is performing the tale of two identical twins who arrive on the same day in the same town, and without knowing the other, seem to meet up with the same groups of people.

Directing the production is Steve Blackman. He says: ‘I very much like having big comedy types of character written in a very old traditional style. You can update them to very English stereotypes.’

Talking about the plot, he believes having such a simple story means the actors really have to push in their roles.

Steve says: ‘It gives one actor the chance to play two parts and be one person with the twins. We can also share the lines with the audience, and keep turning to them as if to say what did he say?

‘The plot is thin you just have to go for it and rocket it along.’

Andrew Thomas, who played Mercutio in SSA’s Romeo and Juliet in 2010, is playing the twins.

Tickets cost £6 to £10 from the Groundlings Theatre, Southsea on (023) 9273 7370 or go to groundlings.co.uk.