John Godber and Jane Thornton | Duchess Theatre | Directed by Neil Scott
You’d be forgiven for thinking
that Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company’s latest production, currently playing
at the Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton, is some sort of crazy reimagining of a great
bard tragedy. Othello on a cruise ship, perhaps, or Macbeth on a beach. Hamlet
in a local pub. An inner-city classroom King Lear. Romeo and Juliet on an
all-inclusive package holiday in Benidorm.
Shakers Re-Stirred is, in fact, just about as far from Shakespeare
as you could get. The play, written by John Godber and Jane Thornton and set in
the 1980s, is an hilarious insight into both the working and private lives of
four waitresses in a cocktail bar called, you guessed it, ‘Shakers’. In this
hugely successful production, director Neil Scott breathes new life into the
trendy drinking hole in which the action mainly takes place. It’s a roller-coaster
ride of a play, full of the highs and lows which characterise all of our lives.