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Liz reviews Red Rose Chain's Comedy of Errors

By Liz, also posted in News on

Red Rose Chain logoThe Comedy of Errors is known as one of Shakespeare’s earliest and shortest plays and thanks to this Red Rose Chain production it is also set to be seen as one of his funkiest. This summer’s Theatre in the Forest at Jimmy’s Farm has definitely got soul, with a soundtrack and costumes that will at times have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Super-talented Director Joanna Carrick urged me to fasten my seat belt for the second half, and she was not wrong! Whilst the text is faithful to the original, the set and costumes owe much more to 1970’s disco, and it is a surprisingly good match. The play itself is simple and easy to follow with plenty of laughs (as the title suggests) and good old-fashioned slapstick. Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors by Red Rose ChainThe small and incredibly hardworking cast create a vibrant and energetic performance which, as in previous years, makes full use of the woodland setting with stunning lighting as night falls. Special mention must go to Laurence Pears as Peck. As is often the way with Shakespeare, it is the small cameo parts that steal the show and stick in the mind. Audience members can choose to bring a picnic or enjoy food and drink from Jimmy’s Farm and the Adnams Bar. The production is a real one-off experience for Suffolk that will transport you to another time and place for a couple of hours. For tickets and more information, visit the Red Rose Chain website. Adnams has supported the work of Red Rose Chain for the last 6 years, their community work reflects our own values and has helped transform the lives of people across Ipswich and Suffolk through the arts.