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The Comedy of Errors


4th August 2017


Eastbourne Operatic & Dramatic Society


Italian Gardens Eastbourne

Type of Production



Heather Alexander


Author: Brenda Gower

It was panto time in the Italian Gardens this summer - oh yes, it almost was!  What an amazing production of this not quite so well known Shakespearian comedy, produced in a lovely open air setting.  Errors abound in this comedy using one of the Bard's favourite scenarios of identical twins and long lost family members.  Things may have been slapstick at times but the piece does of course require excellent acting and this was here in abundance with intrigue and pathos well described along with the hilarity.  The Sea Gypsies (a very talented group of Belly Dancers) added a lot of colour during the evening. 

All the parts were played in excellent fashion with the whole cast giving everything they had in telling the story which was really a romp from beginning to end! The set was excellent, giving an upper floor to the House of Antipholous of Ephesus which was well used.  So much work goes on to put on a open air production of this sort, particularly when everything needed has to be transported down into the Italian Gardens and then back up at the end of the run - no mean feat. The refreshments are always something to look forward to with those working in this area making everything run like clockwork. Everyone involved should be congratulated and especially Director Heather Alexander for using all her skill in bringing this exciting production to the appreciative audiences.