An award-winning actress will be coming to Wanaka and donning 10 Shakespearean masks during her one-woman show this Sunday. New Zealand’s Katie Boyle will be at Gin and Raspberry Boutique Bar at 8pm to share her performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor; the 90-minute show is part of a two-month national tour, presented by Boyle’s theatre company, Sparrow & Boyle Entertainment.
"My favourite part is having the opportunity to play a whole group of characters I'd never normally get to play; especially sleazy and vain Sir John Falstaff," Boyle told the Wanaka Sun. "Ad-libbing with the crowd, as the old fat fellow, is a joy." The Falstaff character, collectively a Welsh parson, flamboyant hotel owner and a drunk pickpocketer, is just one of 10 characters Boyle will play on Sunday.
A sneak peek into the interactive show: Falstaff attempts to woo Mistress Page and Mistress Ford at the same time, so he can get the money he needs to pay his men. When the wives discover his intentions, they seek revenge and wind up getting the whole town of Windsor involved in the process.
"Audience interaction makes the show for me,” said show director Alexander Sparrow. “It brings the characters to life, draws the crowd in and doesn't take itself too seriously."
Boyle has previously performed at the Auckland-based Pop-up Globe during its Hamlet production with the touring Shakespeare company, Lord Lackbeards, in 2016. Her previous show about 87-year-old Pat Goldsack, star of Pat Goldsack’s Swingers Club and Brothel, was the winner of the Best Comedy award at the 2018 Palmy Fringe Festival.
The Merry Wives of Windsor is touring with 40 performances across the South and North Islands; next week will include shows in Hokitika, Nelson, Picton, Takaka and Motueka.
Tickets for Sunday night’s show can be purchased on Eventfinda.
Pictured: New Zealand’s Katie Boyle will be performing 10 characters during her touring one-woman show of The Merry Wives of Windsor, which will stop in Wanaka this Sunday.