Backstage Twelfth Night: Nick on Feste

“Feste is a notoriously difficult character, even by Shakespeare’s standards: he doesn’t have any verse to guide the actor’s delivery, he speaks in riddles and he has about 300 songs, of varying styles. However, that is also what makes it such a fun challenge for the actor! As an itinerant worker he can wander freely between the two houses and is allowed to comment on the behaviour of the well-to-do, sometimes shining a light on their hypocrisy or pretension. And herein lies his power. Despite being a beggar, in a world of fools he is perhaps the wisest of them all…”

– Nick Howard-Brown

Nick Howard Brown

 

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