Cnr Glen Street & Blackbutts Road
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Captioned Performance: Saturday, 27 August at 2pm and 8pm
By William Shakespeare
Arts Radar brings us a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Director Eamon Flack has turned this great Shakespearean classic into a grand, decadent and sad celebration – a party unfolding on stage, shot through with karaoke ballads and comedy.
With a cast of eight (and a half), new doublings and reordered scenes, this is A Midsummer Night’s Dream as it’s never been done before. It is an exploration of a hedonistic pursuit of love, pleasure and freedom – that comes at a cost. The seasons have gone awry, the grownups are in denial, and the young are randy with hope and despair. Suddenly, in the midst of overwhelming uncertainty, four young lovers take a mighty stab at happiness.
Eamon said, “This play is a vivid reminder of what it’s like to fall in love for the first time – the hope, pain, thrill, extreme amazement, profound confusion, awful misunderstanding and brilliant aliveness – that’s why we’ve been putting on this play for 400 years and still haven’t got enough of it.”
Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including interval.
Cast: Elizabeth Blackmore, Kit Brookman, Katharine Cullen, Andrew Lees, Anya Poukchanski, Tim Spencer, Tim Walter
Director: Eamon Flack
Lighting Designer: Chris Page
Sound Designer: Stefan Gregory