Our trusty Mechanicals are Nick Bottom the weaver (Colin Elliot), Peter Quince the carpenter (Ken Corbitt), Francis Flute the bellows mender (Rob Olver), Robin Starveling the tailor (Warren O’Brien), Tom Snout the tinker (Charles Hurley) & Snug the joiner (Ursula O’Grady).
Rehearsals are often hilarious, thanks mainly to the antics of Bottom, and keep cast and crew chuckling well into the night.
But there’s more to the Mechanicals than just amateur acting. Bottom keeps the crowd in stitches and can be relied upon to ensure the entire production runs smoothly. Quince nails up posters and writes media releases. Flute produces stunning photographic books. Starveling fashions swords, scrolls, lanthorns and model cars. Snout tinkers with boats. Snug joins charity and community groups.
Most hard-working of all at rehearsals is courtier and understudy for all the Mechanicals, Jim Ronchetti. He fills in for anyone who is away, for the entire troupe as well. He also seems to mow a lot of lawns…
Mirth, merriment and mayhem are assured from the Mechanicals in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the entire 22-strong cast are working their butts off to make this MTC production the best it can be. Not to mention the dozens of talented people doing sound, lighting, costumes, stage management, set building, props and so much more. It’s a big job doing Shakespeare, and it wouldn’t be possible without the inspired leadership of director Lydia Plim and assistant director Bryanne Jardine.
Come to the show – and see for yourself.