Merlin Betts considersthe latest play from John Knowles and Fetch Theatre.

Patrick Keeley as Antonio
PICTURE: Peter Mould

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A Fiction Romance is the third in Fetch’s Shakespeare monologues series, preceeded by Caliban’s Codex and Toby Belch (is unwell). The performance explores the life of Antonio from Twelfth Night, allowing us to hear the man himself reflecting on a love that was all consuming and unrequited.

The play’s premiere was at the St Leonard Public House on 14th April, and saw Patrick Keeley deliver a variously “majestic”, “marvellous”, “moving” and “mesmerising” performance. The St Leonard made an excellent venue. We sat in its lowered ‘stage’ area with our Antonio, as though we’d just been having a drink and found him there with his sea chest, a natural part of a coastal tavern, mourning to himself. Distant-seeming traffic evoked waves and ships passing. We couldn’t help but slip into the world of our unusual protagonist.

• A Fiction Romance returned to town on 12th, 13th and 15th May for a series of outdoor performances at the Fisherman’s Museum.

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