Warwick Fyfe success in Neil Armfield’s production of ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’ – Adelaide Festival

…A musical take on Shakespeare’s greatest comedy by mostly local performers slipped past our existential fears into the entertaining absurdity of fairy queen Tytania (an elegant Rachelle Durkin) falling for a ham actor named Bottom (Warwick Fyfe in a fabulously physical comic turn)…

By Steve Dow – March 1, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald

 …Led by Warwick Fyfe in brilliant form as Bottom, they are accompanied by Armfield’s own black Labrador Lock, in a scene-stealing performance as the aptly named Dog…

by Jansson J. Antmann on February 27, 2021 Limelight Magazine

The Mechanicals perform their play in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photograph © Tony Lewis

The two most complete performances to my mind were those of Warwick Fyfe as Bottom, and Sally-Anne Russell as Hermia. Fyfe’s Bottom realised the complexities of the character of Bottom, especially as Pyramus in the mini-opera and as the man who dreams he is an ass having Titania for a lover, in such a commanding way that he seemed to be the main character in the whole opera. I was put in mind of Verdi’s Falstaff. He used his gorgeous baritone with extraordinary variety. Sally-Anne Russell portrayed Hermia’s character with complete conviction, and her voice had a trueness, a warm clarity, that I missed in some of the other women’s voices.

Nicholas Routley 01 March 2021 | Australian Stage | © Australian Stage Online | Adelaide Reviews
Warwick Fyfe (Bottom/Pyramus) and Norbert Hohl (Snout/Wall) © Tony Lewis

The rustics were led by Opera Australia stalwart baritone Warwick Fyfe, totally unrecognisable and displaying an unsuspected talent for knockabout comedy. His Bottom was a marvel of comic timing, while singing with resonant beauty mixed with hilarious hee-hawing

Sandra Bowdler, 28 febrero 2021 BachTrack