Shakespeare’s Son! (sort of)
by Tom Mallaburn
Photo: Jay Wennington
“Shakespeare’s Son! (sort of)” is a joyful, family-friendly farce set in the midst of Civil War England. It follows the comic travails of playwright William Davenant – the (alleged) lovechild of William Shakespeare. Caught between the ruthless Queen of England, the puritanical Lord Essex, and a conga-line of creditors, Davenant attempts to save his skin by creating a hit show that will satisfy both the Royalist and Parliamentary powers. His hair-brained scheming and foolhardy plans make for a joyous romp through the theatre-making process, culminating in an artistic debacle of side-splitting proportions.
Written by Tom Mallaburn and directed by John Walton, a previous version of the show ran in Australia, under the title “Around the Globe in Sixty Minutes”. Click here for that show’s trailer.
We’re currently re-developing that show, and hope to have it on the road in 2023.
Praise for the show’s run in Australia:
“A superbly performed, funny and engaging ensemble piece that cleverly combines modern references, word play, a nod to guitar rock, a mash-up of Shakespeare’s more famous plays, a specially constructed IKEA torture rack, and one very nasty folk song. You could call it black absurdist farce with elements of pantomime.” Australian Stage
“Genuinely funny and clever, great for children…a good introduction to the magic of theatre.” Tinsel and Tap Shoes