A Tender Thing, reappropriating Shakespeare's lines to give them new meaning, but in practice meaning is rather short on the ground.
The company of seven is a mix of British and Spanish actors (including The EnsembleTM's Katy Stephens, who should at least feel at home in Arden) and the words are mainly spoken in English, but occasionally change to Catalan, sometimes mid-sentence - so the surtitles are on throughout. The As You Like It sequence largely consists of scenes and speeches being done out of order, with lines split between multiple characters or rearranged. There's a lot of that old "artsy" standby, actors running around laughing, doing handstands, dressing up and generally acting like children, but it's watchable enough. At one point, Christopher Simpson climbs up and down the back wall several times with a bucket on his head, and I'm aware that this sentence pretty much makes the rest of this review redundant.
Look, let's not pretend I'm going to remember this as anything other than "that one where a man climbed the back wall with a bucket on his head."
Forests by Marc Rosich and Calixto Bieito, based on texts by William Shakespeare, is booking until the 10th of November at the Barbican Theatre.
Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes straight through.