HARLOW THEATRE COMPANY.
From the Director:
Vice Versa is one of the funniest plays I have ever read.
A friend saw it performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Swan Theatre at Stratford upon Avon in 2017. He immediately bought a copy of the play and gave it to me as a gift with a message that said "you will want to direct this!". He was right. Vice Versa is a hilarious rip off of an old Roman Comedy but with a wonderful modern twist and I couldn't wait to start work on it.
Phil Porter wrote the play especially for the RSC and has stayed true to the comic mischief that Roman playwrights were producing 2,200 years ago.
Vice Versa is loosely based on Plautus' play Miles Gloriosus, complete with the stock characters found in farce... the braggart soldier, the stupid servant, young lovers, a wise old man and a clever slave. Within it, Porter has also woven a wonderful modern twist... so all things may not seem so ancient in Ancient Rome!
The cast and crew thoroughly enjoyed rehearsing and preparing this production of Vice Versa.
General Braggadocio - Paul Johnson
Dexter - Mel Guest
Voluptua - Lisa Gould
Valentin - Sparow Atlas
Feclus - Reign Poseidon Drayk
Omnivorus - Leo Appleton
Impetus - Jennifer Baker
Philoproximus - Barry Bowen
Terence the Monkey - Joe AE Sabberton
Climax - Helga Kilroy
Ocadus - Alyssa Upton
Melodia - Sarah Wiggins
Marsupius - Henry H Ansell
Terpsichore - Michelle Jimenez-Alder
Meretrix - Alyssa Upton
Cleostrata - Helga Kilroy
Director – Jane Miles
Music Composition and Direction - Paul Stephenson
Choreography - Michelle Jimenez-Alder
Set Design – Brett Stevens
Lighting Design – Tom Richards
Sound Design – Tom Richards
Costume Design – Jocelyn Johnson, Denise Rouse
Properties – Barry Bowen, Paul Johnson
Movement Director - Joe Bishop
Stage Manager – Sam Stevens
Deputy Stage Manager - Carrie-Lee Stevens
Sound Operator - Tom Richards
Lighting Operator - Clare Spike Klyn
Back Stage Crew - Katie Fisher, Marcie Appleton
Set Construction: Steve Dove, Brett Stevens, Sam Stevens, Tom Richards, Mel Guest, Barry Bowen, Paul Johnson, Karl Bender
Scenic Painters - Brett Stevens, Sam Stevens, Mel Guest, Paul Johnson, Izzy Lacey
Production Photography - Malcolm Tinn
Publicity Design - Paul Johnson
Marketing – Mel Guest
Acknowledgements: We would like to thank our sponsors for their support throughout 2019.
We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance and support of Paul and Izzy Lacey and Chris and Jackie Edwards.