MIMBRE - Wondrous Strange
Grosvenor Square, London.
6+ only. 6s to 16s must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be given for incorrectly booked tickets.
Mimbre were commissioned by the Royoal Shakespeare Company to create an outdoor performance performance celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's legacy. The show premiered at Stratford-Upon-Aven on April 23 2016 and was invited back for the Birthday celebrations in April 2017. It was also performed at FETA festival in Gdansk in Poland in July 2017. It is available for further touring.
Wonderous Strange indulges in the physical and visual imagery from Shakespeare's plays, expanding on fleeting moments and bringing into focus action which is usually just alluded to.
An unsuspecting woman gets pulled into a chaotic play by a colourful troupe of Elizabethan performers and through her eyes the audience is introduced to a host of well-known characters: cheeky fairies taunt Bottom in a raucous dance, Romeo and Juliet court each other on a balancing ladder, multiple Hamlets manipulate a streamof skulls, Kings fight and die at a relentless pace, and Ophelia slowly floats by on a bed of flowers...
The performance does not use any text and is accessible regardless of the audience's previous knowledge of Shakespeare. The visual and physical nature of the performance can work as either a gateway into Shakespeare's colourful stories, or as a game of 'Shakespeare Bingo' for the more introduced, where moments, characters and play titles can be identified and ticked off!