Last night I saw Merely Theatre’s Twelfth Night and it was absolutely brilliant. It seems the company has found its niche with Shakespeare’s comedies, as there are only five of them the constant fast pace and running on and off stage adds to the comedy. There was some audience involvement, even as far as bringing someone on stage, which only added to the comedy. It seems they are prepared for anything. Tamara Astor showed she is a Swiss Army knife of talent, as she showed off her comedic and musical talent. After the company had done its bows they left the stage knocking down one of the three curtains on stage, this appeared to be unscripted but they handled it well and had the whole theatre laughing as they left.

I love the fact the company is gender blind, as it allows for both genders to feel equal and adds more comedy to certain parts. I really appreciate the chemistry between the five actors and it is clear they are enjoying performing almost as much as the audience enjoys watching, which only adds to the enjoyment. I could watch them perform all night, and wished it would last longer I was loving it that much. I would recommend this company to anyone, and definitely suggest checking them out should they come back Theatre Royal Wakefield again.

Laura Watson