Last week at St James in Guernsey, Oddsocks showed their version of Merry Wives of Windsor. It was not a play I knew, but I spotted lots of Shakespeare's favourite themes - young love conquering, confused fools, wise women helping a bad man get his comeuppance, and a fantastic uplifting end scene. I had heard mixed reviews about the amount of technology in the company's shows, but I thought that Merry Wives got it right in that it was not only functional - helping set changes - but entertaining in it's own right.
The main thing that would draw me back into the theatre to see Oddsocks, is their great cast of actors, the extremely enjoyable writing and the cracking set design.
They are in Jersey till tomorrow!January
28th Jan-1 Feb (not 29th) Jersey Arts Centre, Jersey JE2 4SW, 8pm, 01534 700444
3rd Bishop of Hereford Bluecoat School, Hereford,
4th QEH Theatre, Bristol,
6th The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
9th-10th, The Theatre-Chipping Norton, Ox’shire
11th Lamproom Theatre, Barnsely
20th-24th Bridge House Theatre, Warwick
25th Scarborough Spa Theatre, N.Yorks