Twelfth Night;
Or, What You Will

Performed at: West Kingdom Twelfth Night, January 3, AS XLIX (2015)

About the Play:
Yes, the GSP are performing Shakespeare at 12th Night, specifically the play Twelfth Night (or Twelfth Night Squared, e.g. Twelfth Night2).

Costume Designs can be seen here: Costume Designs by Aldith Angharad St. George.

Misc. Odd Quotes and Things:
Posted on Facebook, Sunday, Nov. 9 (by Aimeric):


"Would you have a love-song, or a song of good life?"
"A love-song, a love-song."
"Ay, ay: I care not for good life."

GSP: The Twelfening. Actually, since it's Twelfth Night for Twelfth Night (12th squared), Aasa suggested Gross Night. (To which I'd add the subtitle: "Or: What The Hell")

Posted on Facebook, Sunday, December 7 (By Juan):

"Yeah, I walked in and then half way through I remembered I wasn't drunk." - Sir Toby Belch

The Performance:
As an "outsider" at this point (I was not directly involved in the play), the performance at 12th Night was very good. The actors were "on", the timing was excellent, everything flowed well, and if there was anything wrong (skipped lines or whatever) it was not noticable from the audience.

 Photos: Juan took a HUGE quantity of photos and posted them to Facebook.

Video of this performance can be seen in two places:

  1. The West Kingdom History Site: Twelfth Night
  2. The Golden Stag Players Channel on YouTube: Twelfth Night

 DVD: The DVD is available (see Videos) ...

 The Script:
This is a "trimmed" version of the play ... editing by Kaylin Herling and Ghislaine d'Auxerre.
It really is pretty true to the original, while trimmed, very few SCA references were inserted (a couple of sight gags, but ...). If you want to read the script, find a copy of it ...

From The Program:

Dramatis Personae
(in order of appearance)

PrologueJuan Santiago
Duke OrsinoMaxen ap Morgan
CuriaCatherine Holcombe of Arden
The Duke's Man (JSGWTB)Alessandro Cantori
ValentineMargrethe Astrid Ravn
ViolaUmm Sitt al-Sirr Fatimah al-Zahra' bint Rashid (Inara)
Sea Captain / MonkSeamus Padraig O'Baoigheallain M-nrach
Toby BelchNiall Mr mac Cernaich
MariaAasa Thorvaldsdottir
Andrew AguecheekWulfric of Creigull
FesteAmeric de Fois
OliviaClotilde d'Avignon
MalvolioIricus le Ferur
SebastianKaylin Herling
AntonioGryffen de Corwyn
FabianDonovan Synklar

* First time on stage with The Golden Stag Players

Support Crew

DirectorGhislaine d'Auxerre
Producer/Stage ManagerJuan Santiago
MusicAlessandro Candori, Americ de Fois
PropertiesThe Cast
SetsJuan Santiago, Iricus le Ferur
Costume DesignAldith Angharad St. George
CostumingRose de Le Mans, Aldith Angharad St. George,
La de Villaverde, Sedania de Corwyn,
Ghislaine d'Auxerre, Margrethe Astrid Ravn,
Niall Mr mac Cernaich, Aasa Thorvaldsdottir
DrayageGryffen de Corwyn
Video CameraHirsch von Henford

About the Play

Twelfth Night; or, What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601-02 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. The play focuses on the Countess Olivia falling in love with Olivia. The play expanded on the musical interludes and riotous disorder expected of the occasion, with plot elements drawn from the short story "Of Apollonius and Silla" by Barnabe Rich, based on a story by Matteo Bandello. The first recorded performance was on 2 February 1602, at Candlemas, the formal end of Christmastide in the year's calendar. The play was not published until its inclusion in the 1623 First Folio.

"Twelfth Night, or What You Will" is (we think) the only one of Shakespeare's plays with a double title. The cast quickly became jealous and decided they wanted two titles as well, so ...

The Cast...
(In order of first appearance on stage ...)

Maxen ap Morgan or "No, He's Not Our Flieg Joke"
Returning to the stage Maxen has gleefully embraced the role of an older Duke who chases young women. Realizing that he needed to research his role more completely he examined the clothing and habits of a certain well-known Duke and realized it must be the hat.

Catherine Holcombe of Arden or "Much Ado About EVERYTHING"
Whle this budding Thespian means well, her shrill voice is often mistaken for a dog-whistle whose high-pitched squeeeeeeing can bring four-legged creatures running to (or from) her side from clear across the Knowne World. She would take measures to correct this for propriety's sake but she's just having too darned much fun!

Alessandro Cantori or "The Banned Bard"
Having written a popular song about a marginally competent yet short-tempered wizard, he finds himself now vexed by a left-handed dopplegänger who pesters the townsfolk, plays the fool, and runs up bar tabs in his name.

Margrethe Astrid Ravn or "Walk On - A Pants Role"
A veteran of The Golden Stag Players, this year a smaller part was had in order to accomodate participation in some other historical recreation activities, both of which she simply excelled at in the clothing department saying, "there are no small parts, only fabulous garb."

Umm Sitt al-Sirr Fatimah al-Zahra' bint Rashid (also known as Inara) or "Dude Looks Like a Lady"
Having recently begun her career as a member of The Golden Stag Players, Inara has had the opportunity to jump from humble pantsless Zanni to cross-dressing lead acress with a penchant for being trapped in bizarre love triangles.

Seamus Padraig O'Baoigheallain M-nrach or "Who Added All These Letters?"
After a long break from The Golden Stag Players, Seamus decided to take pity on us and return to the stage to fill not just one, but two rolls where he could bring his own unique ability to "improvise" lines to the challenges of Shakespeare.

Niall Mr mac Cernaich or "The Hebrew Hand Grenade"
Renowned amongst the company for an inability to not be over-energized, as well as complicated and overly-accurate grammatical syntax, Niall has come to be known for the spreading of "lolpupz." Consumed with passion for animals as furry as he is, and smashing fighters who aren't, Niall has developed a plethora of second-hand titles including "Jewbacca", "El Jewpacabra", "Niall the Maul", "The Credible Hulk," and "Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Puppies of War!"

Aasa Thorvaldsdottir or "Et tu, Bootay?"
Having recently retired from her position as West Kingdom Alarm Clock, Aasa was looking for a new occupation. Answering a wanted ad for the Buttery Bar, she found herself at the GSP auditions instead and decided it was about time she learned to cope. It is generally agreed among the company that, although they hate to see Aasa leave, they do love to watch her go.

Wulfric of Creigull or "Pelvis' Position Pursued"
Serious Shakespearean scholars have, through rigorous textual analysis, determined that many of the scenes in the playwright's oeuvre are in fact excuses to make dick jokes. Richard Burbage is reputed to have said, "I don't always lead with my pelvis. When I do, it's because dick jokes are funny."

Aimeric de Fois or "O, For a Muse On Fire"
Having written most of Henry V, Shakespeare still lacked an opening. His Writer's Block was exacerbated by an off-key minstreal with surprisingly effective breath control outside his window. Leaning out the window, he uttered these immortal words and chucked a torch at the singer. As the flame ascended to the brightest heaven, the Bard realized that he now had his beginning. Unfortunately, the original line was lost to history for several centuries through a transcription error.

Clotilde d'Avignon or "Sonnets and Arm Locks for Lovers"
After a careful study of Shakespeare's lesser known works Clotilde has become an expert in a wide range of the Bard's more martial tactics in her pursuit of the perfect combination between sweet and innocent love interest and modern 1600's woman.

Iricus le Ferur or "Revenged of Malvolio"
An older Iricus decided to try out for this old play called '12th Night'. Thinking it was a bit much for him to play the romantic lead, the butler sounded more his speed. As it turned out, much scenery was chewed on before the play was over.

Kaylin Herling or "Shakespeare Could Use a Rewrite"
This veteran of The Golden Stag Players has been our resident Shakspeare expert and has frequently been heard muttering darkly about our general disrespect for the Bard of Avon. Many of the cast became nervous when she picked up a dagger and becan to laugh maniacally.

Gryffen de Corwyn or "Weren't all these gus in LoTR?"
After three months of intense rehearsal, Gryffen still struggles with the concept that Shakespeare is not a heavy combat movie. His relationship to the Bard goes all the way back to the 3rd rehearsal, having missed the read-through, and first couple of rehearsals because he was at Pennsic, so there. He has become renowned amongst the cast for trying to inappropriately wedge swordplay into every scene of a Shakespearean comedy. Currently he is working on a fully armored version of "A Midsummer Nights Dream."

Donovan Synklar or "Shakespearean Statuary and Garden Design"
With an eye toward the more subtle details, Donovan has done extensive research into the garden at The Globe Theatre. When he realized it was populated by Three-Stooges characters he submited his findings to The Laurel Council who rejected it out-right. But we believe him.

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