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Simone Byrne Simone Byrne | 15:40 UK time, Thursday, 9 August 2012

Maria Smith provides the latest behind the scenes Festival Café blog ....

Shakespeare will never be the same again!
"My parts, my title, and my perfect soul
Shall manifest me rightly."

But Shakespeare certainly manifested in the Q Brothers' rapped rendition of Othello today. These popular boys from the windy city were also a great hit backstage. In fact, there was a persistent queue of eager fans wanting to get their pictures with the guys.
Maria Smith and The Q Brothers

Andrea McKinnon and The Q Brothers

Luckily they were perfect gentlemen, especially since they were sharing the 'pink' green room with nine beautiful ladies from the Oxford Belles. Sweeter than sweet, these girls certainly enjoyed the buffet, and their sugary tea.

Unfortunately, with only a fork to measure out the sugar, Dave Malachowski got slightly more than he bargained for and spontaneously burst into song with his rendition of "The Instant Coffee Song" backstage. What's more, the image of Barry McGovern sitting in a swarm of Oxford Belles reading his copy of The Scotsman is something we will not forget. Later, presenter Janice Forsyth commented that she could listen to his smooth Irish accent reading the phone book.

And tonight Matthew Kelly also succeeded in becoming the newest member of the Belles, even if it was just for a picture. He and his glamorous co-star Claire Sweeney's arrival even managed to get the sun to peek through the clouds.

The stage was set for a great performance.


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