The performances are universally very strong from a tight ensemble… Tony Adams’ two characters also had clear lines of physical definition. His “Charles”, in particular, was warm and sympathetic, making clear sense of Orlando’s line about him not being a man for these times.

Houston Dunleavy (September 2015) – “As You Like It”

Gender is flipped, family bonds are tested, love is sought and relationships of all shapes and descriptions are forged in ARDEN Productions’ new reworking of one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, As You Like It. The lighting and set design is sparse and minimal, lending a stark simplicity to the space that allows the strong ensemble cast and the eloquent complexities of the text to take centre stage. For the most part, the staging is thoughtful and inventive, utilising little more than bodies in space to realise the very well defined antithetical aesthetics of both the Court and Forest of Arden. Julian Beckendahl’s vision and direction is strong and his cast command this rich work with all the levity, darkness and heart that it requires.

Jack Beeby, (September 2015) – “As You Like It”

Under the direction of Julian Beckedahl, ‘As You Like It’ delivered Shakespeare’s work beautifully.  Keeping the original language, the interpretation and delivery of the script brought forth moment after moment of humor and insight into the times of both Shakespeare and the present day.  The actors captured the essence of the original poetic dialogue, revealing the rawness of the written word and transporting the work to modern times.  While working with the classics is a challenge, ‘As You Like It’ united the past and present seamlessly — all the while avoiding patronising the audience or stripping away the beauty intended by its author. The venue was more than fitting for the play, using a reinvented church as the home of a reimagined theatre work.  In keeping with classic Shakespearean performance, the play was performed in the round.  Musician Joe Gravil further enriched the ambiance of the space by creating a beautifully crafted backdrop of ephemeral strains on his guitar.

Hannah Rundman, The Plus Ones (October 2015) – ” As You Like It”

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