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I, Peaseblossom I, Caliban

6 Mar – 25 Jun 2014
Written by Tim Crouch
Directed by John Retallack

Tim Crouch’s unique interpretations of Shakespeare’s classic plays ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’ and ‘The Tempest’ re-tell these famous stories from the fresh and sometimes startling perspectives of characters usually consigned to the sidelines. Mixing contemporary language with many excerpts from the original text, this is Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before.

‘I, Peaseblossom’

The story of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as re-lived through the fevered nightmares of Shakespeare’s most neglected fairy. Funny and heartbreaking in equal measure.

“There’s a lion that isn’t a lion. A wall that talks and the moon comes down with a dog and everybody’s killing themselves but there’s no blood, and I’m in a play, but I don’t know the words. I’M NAKED AND I DON’T KNOW THE WORDS!!!”

‘I, Caliban’

A sweet and sorry tale of injustice, inebriation and missing your mum, as told by Caliban, a puppy-headed monster alone on Prospero’s island at the end of The Tempest.

“O.Look at you. O, you’re beautiful. You’re beautiful. I’ve never seen such beauty. You are such fine things. You’re brave spirits indeed. Sit where you can. Brave spirits or gods. Are you gods? Are you a god? No? You must be a god with a jumper like that.”

A Boundless Theatre & Bristol Old Vic co-production.

This is a past production

Venues

Cambridge Junction
Farnham Maltings
Arts Depot, London
Clifton College, Bristol
Bike Shed, Exeter
Sherman Theatre
Cotham School, Bristol
Newbury Corn Exchange
Tramshed, Woolwich
Bridport Lyric Theatre
The Kirkgate
Nailsea Tithe Barn
Sidcot Arts Centre
Lyde Court
Spark Arts Festival
Polka Theatre, London

A theatrical delight. British Theatre Guide