Warragul Theatre Company vowed to take bold steps in 2017 to coincide with the West Gippsland Arts Centre closure.
And the company certainly delivered.
Last weekend’s production of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” delivered something different from its traditional musical offerings, in many ways.
Director Steve Wiegerink assembled a cast filled with both young and experienced talent for an unapologetically modern take of the Shakespeare play.
Females were cast in male roles; it had a dark post-apocalyptic feel, costumes and set; and the occasional modern song lyrics or rap were woven into the show. While it surprised to begin, all the touches quickly fell into place.
The Warragul Exhibition Hall provided a more intimate venue for the play. A somewhat simple set with drumming background music only gave more focus to the cast who utilised audience interaction in various forms.
The audience was impressed with the sheer volume of dialogue, and Shakespeare at that, which was delivered throughout. The entire cast are to be congratulated on the effortless delivery and comprehension, with only a few very minor slip-ups.
A stand-out of the cast was the faultless Isabel Stephens as Isabella. She took to the role with gusto, delivering a passionate and strong portrayal.