MMuDS nails the impossible dream

THE PRISONERS: Portraying prisoners in their crammed cell are (from back, left) Deb Sala-Tena, Warren Henningson, Tim Crawford, Judy Dixon, Daryl Hunt, Will Twycross, Keith Padbury; (front) Colin Price, Rachael Noble, Simone Reeder, Steven Flew. Photo: Courtesy of MMuDS

THE depth of talent in Mansfield never ceases to amaze and it is on display again in the MMuDS production of Man of La Mancha.

Tackling this complex and demanding musical in its 50th anniversary year would be daunting for any theatre company, but MMuDS have pulled it off in a manner that would be the envy of much larger city based companies.

“Man of La Mancha” is loosely based on the book by 16th century Spanish adventurer and writer Miguel de Cervantes, who appears as the principal character in the musical, imprisoned in a 16th century Spanish prison with his manservant Sancho, awaiting trial by the Spanish Inquisition.

The hard core prisoners put Cervantes to trial, and should he fail, he must surrender all his possessions to them.

To defend himself, Cervantes invites the inmates to join him in an escape through imagination, by taking part in a play within the play, the story of Alonso Quiijana and his alter ego, the mad knight Don Quixote.

Thus the prison cell becomes a myriad of different places, where Don Quixote sets out to right all the wrongs in the world through chivalry, kindness and love.

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