Naked Villainy Theatre to deliver festival thrills with Shakespeare: Shanks and Ale

Theatrical fun: John McKay, Beth Ferguson, Charles Wilks, and Patrick Wilks to star in Shakespeare: Shanks and Ale at Bunbury Fringe. Photo: Supplied.
Theatrical fun: John McKay, Beth Ferguson, Charles Wilks, and Patrick Wilks to star in Shakespeare: Shanks and Ale at Bunbury Fringe. Photo: Supplied.

Naked Villainy Theatre is bringing an evening of “food, fun and frivolity” to Bunbury Fringe.

Shakespeare: Shanks and Ale is set to entertain and enlighten audiences at The Rose Hotel on Thursday, February 22. 

The production takes a lively, spirited tour through two famous eating scenes.

One scene is from Macbeth while the other is a surprise for festival-goers on the night. 

Attendees will get to enjoy an Elizabethan meal, featuring lamb shank with either wine or ale. 

The company had previously delivered Shakespeare: Done to Death, looking at famous death scenes throughout the playwright’s works. 

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Naked Villainy artistic director Sharon Kennedy said the group smoothly followed on from last year’s show to this year’s. 

“The format was so flexible that we realised we could do lots of shows,” she said. 

“We’ve got heaps of audience participation – we’ve got quizzes, a sing-a-long etc.

“If anyone out there has ever desired to do some Shakespeare, now is your chance.”

Ms Kennedy said the fringe atmosphere and attendees’ enthusiasm made the experience whole.

She said Shakespeare still connects with theatre fans and brings audiences together. 

“For an actor, there are such great characters that are all larger than life,” she said. 

“I think that’s why actors want to do it all the time, it’s about tackling that fantastic language and discovering how many words Shakespeare invented.”