Bartholomew Fair in AberystwythAugust 20, 2010
By Ben Jonson
Castaway Community Theatre
“A contemporary and highly accessible interpretation of this flamboyant, bawdy and gorgeously irreverent classic… a right raucous night out is promised! Bartholmew Fair is a fast paced, classic Jacobean comedy. Dripping with biting satire, the play takes the temperature of English city life in 1614 at celebratory event where all social distinctions are brought together… the fair.
A maze of galloping plots interweave as the events of a day at the fair unravel. Moving it all along are a veritable pot pourri of wonderfully named characters – from the prim ‘Dame Purecraft’ to the more worldly ‘Punk Alice’! Jonson’s wickedly funny satirical comedy takes a huge swipe at English society and class divide.”
“Castaway have once again brought us a fantastic show, something of which the community can be proud of” THEATRE IN WALES ON WYRD SISTERS
Johann Gregory (Cardiff University) will be reviewing this for the journal Cahiers Élisabéthains.