Helena, a penniless orphan, loves Bertram, the young Count Rousillion. When he leaves to fight in the wars, fate (or careful planning) takes Helena after him into a situation in which she can win his hand. Many a woman's hand, it is said, was given away in exchange for a knight's services. What if that situation were reversed? How would it feel for a young man to be given away as a reward? In a surprisingly modern reversal of traditional sexual roles, Shakespeare illuminates this dark little fairy-tale not only with his eternal wit and wisdom but also, in this case, with the hilarious antics of Bertram's companion, Paroles, a soldier with a fast tongue - but, when danger threatens, even faster legs? Quality outdoor Shakespeare with a large cast of talented young actors from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School on a repeat visit to Torrington.