Following the success of last year’s bawdy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” AC Productions are delighted to present Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Project Cube, 13-25 August 2012
One of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies, it features the original rom-com couple; Beatrice and Benedick, who engage in a battle of the sexes using wit and barbed words as their weapons. Having given Cupid a headache by declaring they are immune to love, it falls to their friends to dupe the would-be lovers into coming together. The setting is Italy in the 1960s. The jazz is cool, the girls are hot and the men are sharp. Added to this we have love at first sight, love on first night, balls (masked!), trickery, marriage prevented, evil plots, rude gags, a scheming half-brother, the obligatory stupid cops, truth revealed and of course… happy ever after!
We are delighted to be working in Project Arts Centre for the first time. This is an opportunity for us to stage a great production.
The total budget for the production is 12,000 euro. We are raising money of our own and holding fundraising nights before rehearsal begins. Through this Fundit campaign we hope to raise at least €5000. This would cover all the design expenses of the show – in particular the sourcing of stylish costumes and set materials. The presentation is hugely important to the success of the production and we want to keep our standards as high as always and do justice to this wonderful play and through your donations you would be part of this exciting project.
WHO WE ARE
AC Productions was set up in 2004 by husband and wife team Peter Reid (director) and Alex Cusack (actress/producer). The company also has a regular group of dedicated actors and crew. We always choose plays we fully believe in, that challenge and stretch us as a company. We set very high standards for ourselves, our track record of great reviews and audience reaction is testament to that.
We have produced all types of plays, from one woman shows to the likes of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor with a cast of 20. We mostly stick to classics and have produced all the major works of Beckett, several Pinter and this year we are planning our third Shakespeare play. We have also been lucky enough to have toured all over Ireland, to London, Brussels, Prague and Hong Kong. Our dedication to performing Shakespeare has been strengthened by Bill Homewood (actor, director, tutor @ RSC) becoming one of our patrons.
Some of our Reviews:
“From a company more used to performing Beckett, Pinter and Friel, Shakespeare’s bawdy comedy may not seem a likely choice. But the freshness of their approach breathes new life into the text.” (Merry Wives), Derek Dunne, Le Cahier Elizabethain.
“ Peter Reid directs with an excellent understanding of the text, including empathy with its nuances” (Happy Days), Sunday Independent
“ Authorative acting directed with clued in excellence” (Faith Healer), Irish Times