Shakespeare at Traquairhas entertained audiences with its promenade performances in the grounds of Traquair House since its formation in 1995. Born out of the campaign to open an arts centre in Peebles (realised with the opening of the Eastgate Theatre in 2004), it has become a hugely popular annual event.
In 2020, to celebrate its 25th year, the group was due to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Tom Hudson returning as director for a play first performed in its inaugural year. This production has now been postponed until 2021.
Until then, let’s rewind to 2012 and a riotous production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved festive comedies, Twelfth Night. The love triangle between Orsino, Olivia, and Viola has ageless appeal, while the ill-treatment of Malvolio by Sir Toby, Maria and Sir Andrew also has its fans, though perhaps they are a little shame-faced by the end of the play.
This edit begins with Act 2 Scene 5 in which Sir Andrew Aguecheek (played by David Bon), Sir Toby Belch (Richard Nisbet) and Fabia (Donna Vandenberghen) play a trick on Malvolio (Matt Davies) by leaving him a letter supposed to be from Olivia which says she is in love with him. The letter was actually written by Olivia’s maid Maria.
This is followed by the first part of Act 3 Scene 4 in which Malvolio goes to see Olivia (Leah Moorhouse) believing she is in love with him, and dressed in the manner described in the letter (which Olivia hates). Olivia’s maid Maria (Rosemary Donald), who wrote the letter, is also present.
Twelfth Night was directed by Richard Forsyth. Filmed by Anthony Newton.