Sunday, July 15th, 2012
ONE of Shakespeare’s great comedies is being brought to life at Roleystone Theatre this July.

Described as a joyous romp, Much Ado About Nothing celebrates brave soldiers returning triumphant from the battlefield – only to find themselves bewildered by love.

There has been a plethora of stage productions over the years, including a 2011 show featuring Doctor Who actors David Tennant and Catherine Tate, and numerous television and film adaptations including the popular 1993 Kenneth Branagh version featuring Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves and Kate Beckinsale.

Director Paul Treasure said Much Ado About Nothing is one of his favourite Shakespeare plays.

“It always seems very modern,” he said. “The relationship between Beatrice and Benedick is one I have seen many times with people I know and I love it.

“The play also one has very strong and forthright female characters.

“Like all Shakespearean comedies, there are three or four different plots going on at the same time but it’s primarily a play about two intelligent and witty people and the way everyone else tries to get them together.”

While people often think Shakespeare’s language can be difficult, Treasure said it can be surprisingly easy for actors to breathe life into the words, simply because Shakespeare wrote for actors.

“The main and most exciting challenge is going through the play with a fine toothcomb and finding all the little hints and suggestions that Shakespeaere has buried in there,” he said.

“His plays can often be like a jigsaw or crossword.”

Involved in theatre since 1989, Treasure has appeared in more than 100 productions, from Aristophanes’ Lysistrata through to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s By Jeeves, with Marloo, Roleystone, Blak Yak, KADS, Kwinana, Garrick, Park, Pit and Acorn Theatres and the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

He has been nominated three times for best director at the annual Finley Awards for The Sound of Music, Little Women and The Importance of Being Earnest and has also won awards for his acting roles.

With Much Ado About Nothing, Treasure describes the production as “traditional but radical”.

“Because the Kenneth Branagh version is one of the most beloved Shakespeare films, people forget the play is not set in Tuscany but actually Sicily, which is entirely the other end of Italy,” he said.

“We are actually setting the play in Sicily and, given it’s rarely done this way, this makes it a radical interpretation.

“Because Shakespeare writes so few good female characters and there are so many good actresses, we have changed the gender of many roles.

“The town of Messina is now a town devoid of any men, except the parish priest, because they have all gone off to fight in the civil war and the only male characters are the returning soldiers.”

Much Ado About Nothing plays at 8pm, July 20, 21, 25, 27 and 28. Tickets are $16 adults, $12 concession – book on (08) 9397 5730 or through the new online booking and payment system at

Roleystone Theatre is located at 587 Brookton Highway, Roleystone, opposite the Croyden Road junction.

much ado1: John Ramsell is Don John and Brad Towton is Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing.

much ado2: Sharnya Thomson is Hero and Thérèse Cruise is Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.

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Roleystone Theatre

Roleystone Theatre in WA has a long tradition with its beginnings in the 1930s as a choral and amateur dramatic society. The theatre group you see today has been evolving since the 1970s when a collection of interested locals began putting on quality performances of plays and musicals.

The theatre currently produces, on average, five major shows every year and is well known for the quality of our performers, sets and technical work.

The building itself has undergone many alterations however the bulk of the auditorium is an art-deco original and is Heritage listed. The building has facilities for persons with a disability or limited mobility, including ramps into the foyer and auditorium as well as an allocated restroom. For your comfort air conditioning and comfortable, padded chairs are features of othe auditorium.

There is also a licensed bar and well-stocked kiosk to cater for your refreshment needs at all performances.
Paul Treasure
P: 0402 530 529


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