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By William Shakespeare
Directed by Lisa Warrington
Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School

at Te Whaea - Basement, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown, Wellington
From 17 Jun 2014 to 26 Jun 2014

Reviewed by Laurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media], 20 Jun 2014
originally published in The Dominion Post

The last time Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School performed Shakespeare's pastoral drama As You Like It as a major production it was in the middle of the city in Civic Square. This year's third-year acting students are presenting it in two of the school's large concrete-pillared basements.

The elegantly decorated pillars give a sense of power and wealth for the opening scenes in the court of Duke Frederick, as do the gorgeously coloured and costly Elizabethan clothing the courtiers wear.

But when Rosalind and the others escape from the political scheming to find sanctuary in the Forest of Arden they end up in what looks like the aftermath of Woodstock with the exiled court wearing flares, headbands, shades, sleeping in tents and lolling about on deck chairs singing folksy songs. [More]
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