Much Ado About Elvis
By Edwards & Grainger
4 - 6 April, 2019
A comedy-drama play about misunderstandings, love and deception based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing but in modern-day English set in the 1950s rock ’n' roll era. Ex-resistance fighters, Benedick, Claudio and Don Pedro arrive at Leonato's Italian restaurant in Messina. Beatrice (Leonato’s niece) and Benedick clearly have some history together and enjoy bickering with each other - but is there more to their relationship than trading banter? Claudio falls in love with Leonato's daughter, Hero, and a wedding is soon arranged. However, Don’s half-brother, John, is determined to cause trouble for Claudio and John’s girlfriend, Valentina (who has been rejected by the townspeople because of her family) plots to damage the reputation of the spotless Hero. Can cleaners and keen neighbourhood watchers, Dogberry and Verges help and can Don and his friends plot to fix Benedick and Beatrice up as a couple….
Sally has taught drama at Kaleidoscope for the past twelve years and she has written and directed several performances. This is her sixth main house Kaleidoscope production as Director after last year’s Brewster’s Millions, Salem in 2017, Nil Desperandum in 2016, A Tale of Two Cities in 2015 and directing her adaptation of Around the World in Eighty Days in 2014. In addition to being Youth Theatre Director at Kaleidoscope and a playwright, she also works freelance as a drama workshop facilitator (often in collaboration with Katy Grainger) and consultant and is co-director of a publishing and marketing business.
Katy Grainger has been the Musical Director for Kaleidoscope productions since 2007. Since then she has composed the music for our productions of Brewster’s Millions, Salem, Nil Desperandum, A Tale of Two Cities, Around The World in Eighty Days, A Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Canterbury Tales, The Would-be Gentleman and accompanied and arranged music for other productions, including the Beggar’s Opera and Arabian Nights. Katy is a Music Therapist working as the Regional Manager for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity. As part of her role she facilitates music therapy sessions in an NHS forensic mental health setting. She also works as a workshop facilitator, often in collaboration with Sally Edwards on music and drama projects in schools, hospitals and the local community.
Our cast consists of most of the members of the Senior and Advanced Kaleidoscope groups (age 12-19). Many of our cast achieved excellent results in their LAMDA examinations recently – Sarah-Jane Akers (Grade 8 Merit), Martha Edwards (Grade 7 Distinction), Daisy Smith (Grade 7 Distinction), Daniel Burniston (Grade 6 Merit), Leo Davis (Grade 6 Distinction), Elliot Mawson (Grade 6 Distinction), Alexandra McKerchar (Grade 6 Distinction), Genevieve Gaul (Grade 6 Distinction), Rebecca Potter (Grade 6 Distinction), Alicia Rhodes (Grade 6 Distinction), Beth Edwards (Grade 5 Distinction) and Ben Potter (Grade 5 Distinction). We are also pleased to have a member of Kaleidoscope (Owen Wray) working as part of our backstage team in this production.