Touring East London Parks
16th June to 7th August 2022
“There’s an 80s party going on all summer long, with the cast announced for East London Shakespeare Festival (ELSF)’s rip-roaring take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. This new production provides summer fun for all the family, with an opportunity like no other forcompleteescapism in picturesque outdoor settings.”
Review by Richard Lambert
Travelling to Walthamstowe can feel like you’re going to the end of the line, however, a short walk to the Fellowship Square and Fountains will be well worth it. The venue is stunning!
Most of the audience brought a picnic, fold-out chairs and children. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the children were fully engaged in the production and not finding other means to amuse themselves. Scott le Crass’ direction was hammy enough and sufficiently over the top that even if the story wasn’t so clear the acting maintained interest.
With a couple of 80’s songs thrown in for good measure I left humming “Come on Eileen” while the children played in the musical colourful fountains.
Community theatre is meant to engage and bring new audiences and this one seems to have done just that!
Perhaps Walthamstowe is the new Glyndebourne? This is the 2nd year of the East London Shakespeare Festival bringing Theatre into the Community at affordable prices! Where else can you take the family out for a few squid?