A Word from the Director

A Word from the Director  

Twelfth Night is a comedy of mistaken identity, social position and most of all, love. Love in all its variety! Viola, Olivia, Orsino, everyone is helplessly, passionately, madly in love – probably with the wrong person. Love makes fools of them, as it makes fools of us all. In the audience we can relate only too well to the hilarity and tragedy of unrequited love. And there lies the melancholy undertone enriching the humour of this play. Add in a case of mistaken identity, a girl disguised as a boy and you have the perfect Shakespearean comedy.

The stunning setting of Fort Lovrjenac is the perfect location for this lyrical play, even more so because Shakespeare set Twelfth Night in Illyria, on the modern day Dalmatian coat. I’m taking La Belle Epoque as the inspiration for our setting, the free bohemian lifestyle before the onset of war reflects the sense of Twelfth Night as the last day of Christmas festivities. The last day that the rules of the carnival, its madness and disguises can subvert the usual order. This sense that time is running out, explored in the songs of cynical clown Feste, gives a greater intensity to the characters need for love. But as the sun sets, confusions are resolved and our heroes and heroines are united in true love. We are left with a sense that all is finally in its right place, the couples will live happily ever after, we hope…

Helen Tennison

Midsummer Scene is a project of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik, and it is a joint production with Brilliant Events, Dubrovnik and Honey-tongued Theatre Productions Ltd. London


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