Twelve Angry Men
There were many things to appreciate about the recent Gabriola Players production of Twelve Angry Men. Audience members who, like the jurors portrayed, carry their own baggage of influences and prejudices, had to confront an important question: What exactly is “reasonable doubt”? A lesson to all of us, in this age of “trial by media”, that opinions should be based on proven facts.
Full marks to all the actors for their persuasive performances. Anyone who knows these 12 far-from-angry men could appreciate the excellent job they did. Kudos also to director Anne Drozd for the theatre-in-the-round style of staging which gave the audience a fly-on-the-wall view of each juror’s struggle.
Next up for Gabriola Players is the world premiere of Will Shakespeare The Panto by British playwright Robin Bailes at the Community Hall on November 28, 29 and 30. With lots of booing and cheering (and some nods to Monty Python) the show promises to be fun for all the family. Tickets are available on-line at gabriolaplayers.ca and at North Road Sports.
Did you know that Shakespeare is credited with writing the first knock, knock joke? In honour of this, Gabriola Players has compiled a sort of “pantovent” calendar. One Shakespearean-themed knock, knock joke will be unveiled daily on their Facebook page from Nov. 1-28. You can get involved in the fun. The Players are offering two free tickets to the opening night of Will Shakespeare The Panto to the whomever comes up with the best Shakespearean knock, knock joke between now and Nov. 24. Entries to email@example.com. Include your full name and phone number.