Much Ado in Tring's Memorial Garden

August 19, 2019 10:24 AM
Originally published by Nick Hollinghurst - Working for Tring, Working for Britain, Working for You!

Much Ado 1Two weeks ago - and in view of the weather is was a good job it hadn't been the week before - saw the finale of 'Drama Impact's' Summer Tour with a light-hearted and frolicsome production of "Much Ado About Nothing".

Thanks to the energy and talent of Actor-Manager and Producer/Director all combined in the person of David Houston -who doth bestride this world like a Colossus - an appreciative audience in Tring enjoyed a Sunday afternoon matinée performance of what is thought to be Shakespeare's most popular comedy.

Warm, sunny and not too windy - like the acting itself - the weather was just right and the setting likewise. The stars shone - David Houston as Benedick and Joanna Nevin as Beatrice - and the equally talented supporting cast of 7 played the remaining 12 characters with skill and gusto in the quick-change manner of this witty and complex comedy. Much Ado 3

The play was preceded by an explanation of the historical context, examples of Elizabethan diction and general verbal naughtiness and a demonstration of the simpler moves of sword play. It was well done and much appreciated though I'm not sure I managed to retain all the intricacy of the frankly bonkers plot.

Then into the play itself, well paced and somewhat edited, but thoroughly enjoyed by all and nicely timed to the afternoon.

Much Ado 2Thank you 'Drama Impact', cast and technicians and of course, David Houston.

The pix show the pre-finale scene, the curtain call (sans curtain!) and a rollicking dance by way of a sort of encore.