Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The Rivals (theatre)

 Creative Cow is the same theatre company that brought Born In The Gardens to the Underground Theatre in May. They are returning to Eastbourne, this time to the Devonshire Park Theatre, in October with a production of Irish playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 18th century comic masterpiece, The Rivals.

The Rivals is a day in the lives of a group of socialites who are 'taking the waters' in Bath. The play mocks the pretentiousness of fashionable society in the late 1700s, their obsession with status and desire for social improvement - not so different to today then! Sheridan created extraordinary and timeless comic characters including the word-mangling Mrs Malaprop, her niece Lydia Languish, the handsome Captain Jack, and his father, Sir Anthony Absolute. The play is famous for its sharp dialogue where gossip and misunderstandings lead to confusion, duels, madness and mayhem. 

Creative Cow have made a point, for this production, of using actors who have already worked together in the past. This has helped to ensure that they will put on polished, fast-moving and slick ensemble theatre. The company was conceived on a farm in Devon in 2007 by artistic director Amanda Knott and two professional actors, Jonathan Parish and Katherine Senior. Their aim is to present to wide and diverse audiences the very best in classic and contemporary playwriting with imaginative and accomplished performances. The productions and sets are innovative and the company takes pride in touring the same show to 900 seat theatres and 40 seat art galleries.

Devonshire Park Theatre, Tue 16th to Sat 20th Oct, 19:45.
Wed & Sat matinees, 14:30.
Tickets various prices. Available online from the Eastbourne Theatres website, by telephone on 01323 412000, or in person from the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.

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