The Bard in Norway
Image from personal collection
During the summer, Naomi was dressed in Elizabethan costume to perform in two delightful Shakespearean comedies, As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor, in Norway, the Czech Republic and throughout the UK.
Against the majestic backdrop of Arundel Castle, Naomi gave an effervescent performance as Audrey in As You Like It. Having fed the 'goats' amongst those seated during the interval (the warm-up act to the second half), she entertained the audience, alongside her affianced Touchstone (Jim Bywater), with great comic timing.
In The Merry Wives of Windsor she played not one but two comedic roles: Mistress Ford and the Host of the Garter. Quick changes were essential to these performances - she would exit her scene having wonderfully captured the mischief making Host of the Garter, only to re-enter a moment later, with Mistress Page as they hatched their vengeful plans for the unsuspecting Falstaff, transformed in costume, voice and presence. As one critic put it, "Cackling with laughter...Naomi Cortes perfectly depicted [one of] the Merry Wives of Windsor." (The Argus)