A State Theatre Company South Australia Production

The Popular Mechanicals

By Keith Robinson, William Shakespeare and Tony Taylor. Original direction by Geoffrey Rush.

A perfect romp that delivers in the silliest ways imaginable.

18 Oct – 21 Oct

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon, and this hysterically funny revival features a cast of fine theatrical pranksters including Helpmann Award-winner Julie Forsyth (The Dream).

Shakespeare’s greatest clowns — the six endearingly amateur actors who give a daffy royal command performance for the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream — take centre stage in this wild reimagining of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy. The troupe bumbles its way through rehearsals of Pyramus and Thisbe, somehow surviving the misadventures brought on by their own sheer idiocy. The result is a riotously funny mix of Shakespearean verse, song and dance that is lewd, rude and ingenious.

Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and some hilarious puppetry come together to create an anarchic and bawdy carnival that revels in its own theatricality.

Recommended for ages 13+. Contains adult themes.

Free Talking Point
The Popular Mechanicals - Merrigong Talking Point
Saturday 21 October, approx. 30 mins after the matinee ends.

Monty Python eat your heart out... 5 rubber chooks out of 5.” - Stage Whispers

Image: Original cast. Photo by Shane Reid

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Venue Information

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, IMB Theatre


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Cast & Creative Team

Sarah Giles

Jonathon Oxlade

Lighting Designer
Mark Pennington

Composer, Sound Designer & Musical Director
David Heinrich

Gabrielle Nankivell

Cast includes
Lori Bell
Julie Forsyth
Holly Austin
Charles Mayer
Nathan O'Keefe
Rory Walker


Premium: $79
Adult: $67
Conc/Group 8+: $62
Under 30s: $49
Family of 4: $196 (Max 2 Adults)
School Groups 8+: $23

(Under 30s tickets not available online. A per transaction fee of $6.90 applies for phone and online bookings.)

Performance Times
General Public:
Wed 18 Oct, 8pm
Thu 19 Oct, 11am
Thu 19 Oct, 6.30pm
Fri 20 Oct, 8pm
Sat 21 Oct, 2pm
Sat 21 Oct, 8pm

Post-show Q&A:
Thu 19 Oct, 11am
Thu 19 Oct, 6.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 1hr 30 mins (no interval)

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