The Popular Mechanicals


A funny thing happened on the way to the theatre

The popular mechanicals are Shakespeare’s greatest clowns – the endearingly amateur acting ensemble led by Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Here, they take centre-stage in a wild imagining of what goes on in the wings.

The troupe is bumbling its way through rehearsals of Pyramus and Thisbe, somehow surviving the misadventures brought on by their own sheer idiocy. The result is a riotously funny mix of Shakespearean verse, songs and dance that is lewd, rude and ingenious. Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and some hilarious puppetry come together to create an unhinged feast of wit and profanity.

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon. This revival from State Theatre Company of South Australia, directed by former STC Resident Director Sarah Giles, includes the very fine comic talents of Julie Forsyth (Romeo & Juliet) and Amber McMahon (School Dance). This is a show that will lift the roof in the silliest ways imaginable.

“There are Bottom jokes, poo jokes, giggles and japes. The Popular Mechanicals captures the bawdy spirits of the Elizabethan entertainments.”
The Australian

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Sydney Theatre Company @ Dawes Point


$39 - $44