The Popular Mechanicals

Araluen Arts Centre presents
a State Theatre Company South Australia production
Original Direction by Geoffrey Rush

Saturday 16 September, 2pm
Saturday 16 September, 8pm

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the theatre this evening

Shakespeare’s greatest clowns—the rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream— take centrestage in this wild reimagining of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy.
Perhaps the most famous group of amateur thespians of all time, the cast of the play-within-a-play Pyramus and Thisbe, bumble their way through rehearsals, misadventures and sheer idiocy in an hysterically funny
mix of verse, song and dance.

Using snippets of the existing text of A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with a gloriously cod version of Shakespearean English, the play exalts in its own roughness, extravagance of expression and frequent
obscenity—in the nicest possible way.

Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and bad puppetry come together with both witty badinage and fart jokes to create an anarchic and thrillingly unhinged carnival that revels in its own

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon and is ripe for revival with a cast of our best theatrical clowns and directed by former Sydney Theatre Company Resident Director Sarah Giles. A perfect romp that promises to lift the roof in the silliest ways imaginable.

"Monty Python eat your heart out; what a hoot this show is... I give it 5 rubber chooks out of 5." Stage Whispers

"Guaranteed to entertain...The multi-talented cast play instruments, sing, dance, use slapstick, manipulate puppets and act; they employ almost every comic device ever conceived in 90 minutes." Indaily

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 14:00 to 20:00
Event Contact Details
Adult $59.00 Concession $55.00 Araluen Arts Centre Members $52.00 Purchase a ticket to both The Popular Mechanicals and The Merchant of Venice for only $110.00
Event Location 
Araluen Arts Centre