Love’s Labour’s Lost Northern Broadsides
Viaduct Theatre, Halifax
By Adam Smith
An eclectic mix of audience members attended Dean Clough to see Northern Broadsides’ latest theatrical offering.
It was a wonderful sight to see; infants to elderly sharing a common interest in what is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies.
The plot is a tangled love story that provides humour and youthful playfulness as young relationships emerge between the two groups of noblemen and women.
A talented cast of actors deliver text, songs and choreography with energy and confidence, completely engaging the audience throughout.
The Broadsides decision to cast actors that play instruments works brilliantly and provides a hugely effective theatrical tool; instant live underscore and accompaniment.
The original music scored by the super-talented Conrad Nelson is simply divine and his creation at the end of the play is truly amazing. Artistic stalwart Barrie Rutter does a grand job directing, masterfully devising playful gimmickry and fast, slick staging.
The production values are elegant and colourful, a simple yet clever set works well and the costumes are refined and glamorous.
As always the performance is supported by a fantastic traverse stage; the Viaduct allows the audience to have such an intimate relationship with the actors treading on its boards.
This was a great night’s entertainment and is a must-see for any classical theatre fan. The Broadsides are currently on a national tour and details of further shows are available from their website, here.