BSS: As You Like It (8-13 June 2015)

Venue: Theatre Petit Varia. 154 Rue Gray, 1050 (Near Place Jourdan)
Directed by Tim Myers

Shakespeare’s delightful ‘pastoral’ comedy differs from most of his other work in that front and centre of it is the relationship of two women, Rosalind and Celia.

The playfulness of these cousins’ affectionate relationship and the charming, if confusing, gender deception by Rosalind in her guise as the boy ‘Ganymede’ to test the sincerity of Orlando’s love are the motor of the comedy. But there is also Touchstone’s wooing of the hapless Audrey, the  country girl Phebe’s conviction that she is destined for better things (with Ganymede!), the misanthropic philosopher Jaques, two pairs of good and wicked brothers in the shape of Dukes Senior and Frederick, and Orlando and Oliver.

And beneath all that, the question ‘Is the Simple Life really better than all the conveniences of Town?’. Come and decide…