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AS YOU LIKE IT (article first published : 2008-09-7)

As You Like It will be presented by the Drama and Performance Studies Programme of the University of KwaZulu-Natal on September 16 and 17 at 18h30 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Written originally to celebrate a wedding, As You Like It dramatizes the paths of love for four very different couples as they wander through the magical forest of Arden. Set in motion by a battle between two brothers, the story of the play really concerns the courtship of the two young lovers, Rosalind and Orlando. This is hilariously complicated by the fact that, in fleeing from her nasty cousin’s court to the forest, Rosalind has disguised herself for safety as a man!

Add to this mix a pair of misguided shepherds, a not-too-bright country wench, a marvellously naughty fool, a sweet love-at-first-sight miracle, the resolution of not one - but two - brotherly feuds, and, of course, a full-on wrestling match, and you have some of what makes As You Like It one of Shakespeare’s most performed and best-loved plays.

Directed by Tamar Meskin and Rowin Munsamy, As You Like It is a beautiful exploration of the simple wonders of life – love, laughter, friendship and hope – as well as a sharp and witty comment on the foolishness of social pretence and indulgence. The production features a large cast of exciting, young performers.

As You Like It will be presented by the Drama and Performance Studies Programme of the University of KwaZulu-Natal on September 16 and 17 at 18h30 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. More information from Claudette Wagner on 031 260 3133 or via email: wagnerc1@ukzn.ac.za




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