Kensington actor Smith steps into dual roles without ado


Much Ado About Nothing features Kensington resident Jeremy Smith (left) as Antonio, Julie Holmshaw as Leonata and Joanne Lamont as Beatrice.
Much Ado About Nothing features Kensington resident Jeremy Smith (left) as Antonio, Julie Holmshaw as Leonata and Joanne Lamont as Beatrice.

KENSINGTON resident Jeremy Smith is appearing in one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, first performed in 1598, at Belmont’s Latvian Centre Theatre next month.

Directed by Joanne Lamont for ARENAarts Much Ado About Nothing is the story of Messina soldiers returning home from war victorious to reunite with their prospective brides.

The regal Don Pedro and charming Claudio hatch a plot to use gossip, hearsay and rumour to convince their confirmed bachelor friend, wisecracking Benedick, and the witty firebrand spinster Beatrice to fall in love with each other.

But the malcontent Don Jon uses similar methods for darker purposes, slandering the innocent Hero on her wedding day and leaving her for dead.

Beatrice, Benedick and their friends have to pick up the pieces and confirm that it really was all much ado about nothing.

Smith plays two contrasting roles: Antonio and the second watchwoman.

“Antonio is a very supportive brother to Leonata and a wise and doting uncle to both Hero and Beatrice,” he said.

“The second watchwoman is not the sharpest tool in the shed but has plenty of heart, once encouraged.”

He said the main challenge was having to quickly change from a vest and breeches as Antonio into a blouse and dress as the watchwoman, then back again.

Much Ado About Nothing plays at 8pm August 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 with 2pm matinees August 7 and 14.

Bookings, further details, call 9399 9947 or email arenaarts@hotmail.com.au