Footsbarn presents Twelfth Night

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2024 TOUR
24 April – La Chaussee, France
27 & 28 April – York International Shakespeare Festival, UK
1 May – Joan of Arc Hall, Botton, North Yorkshire, UK
3 May – Glasshouse Arts Centre, Stourbridge, UK
24 May – Craoiva International Shakespeare Festival, Romania
27 August – Verona International Shakespeare Festival, Italy
 
Director: Sadie Jemmett
 
Composer: Sadie Jemmett
 
Lyrics for opening  song: Janet Dulin Jones
 
Producer: Sadie Jemmett / Footsbarn Theatre / 
 
Set creation: Fredericka Hayter/Liza
 
Costume creation: Gillian Marquis / Fredericka Hayter
 
Lighting design: Jean Grison
 
Lighting operator: Dave Freeney
 
Poster design: Daisy Davis
 
Press: Tony Myers
 
Founding members: Paddy Hayter/ Fredericka Hayter
 
With special thanks to:  Massaouda , Jules Harrap, Léo LaForet, Florian , Rick Worthy, Sophie Doyle, Ben Joiner , Janet Dulin Jones  
 

Twelfth Night … or what you will

 After twins, Sebastian, and Viola, are shipwrecked at the start of the play, Viola must figure out a way to survive in the foreign land of Illyria.
Since Countess Olivia, the only potential female protector is too distraught over her brother’s death to receive any visitors, Viola decides that her second-best course of action will be to enter the service of Duke Orsino.
As part of her survival scheme, she discards her gown and masks her female gender with the disguise of a male page. Her masculine clothing proves to be such a convincing disguise that several characters–Feste, Olivia, Antonio, and Sir Andrew–confuse her outright with her brother Sebastian– her twin brother.
Here they encounter new social norms, which leads them to fall in love and explore a spectrum of sexuality and fluctuating gender binary, the likes of which they have never experienced, swept along in a frolic of live music, original songs, and classic comedy clowning.
 
Director’s Note
 
In a great body of work spanning over 50 years, there are not many Shakespeare plays that Footsbarn have not put their original style and iconic name to, but Twelfth Night is one, which is why we felt that it was high time we tackled this most bold and bittersweet masterpiece.
Now, perhaps more than any other time, this play comes into its own by exploring the themes of gender identity that our young generation are bringing to the world’s attention.
Viola and Sebastian’s uncanny sameness points towards the duality and interchangeability of gender identity and suggests that discrete binary gender is itself a myth.
 
 
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