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7–15 June 2024

Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is reawakened in this breathless production brimming with magic, mirth and mayhem.
Love is in the air in Athens – and it’s contagious. Besides the royal wedding, which is just days away, there are young lovers dreaming of enchanted futures together. Hermia and Lysander are besotted with one another, while Helena adores Demetrius. The only snag is that Demetrius loves Hermia – and he’s got Hermia’s father on his side. So nobody is happy. (Shakespeare wasn’t kidding when he said the course of true love never did run smooth.) Determined to be together, Hermia and Lysander meet in a moonlit forest with plans to elope. Following hot on their heels is Demetrius, who in turn is pursued by a lovelorn Helena. But the young lovers are not alone in the forest. Nick Bottom and his hapless bunch of tradies have gathered to rehearse a play to be performed at the royal wedding. And, hidden from human eyes, a mischievous sprinkling of faeries are also in the forest that night. The three worlds collide in an explosion of comic confusion that throws the future of all the lovers into jeopardy. Directed by Peter Evans, this production is quick as a shadow. Fast, funny and family-friendly, this is A Midsummer Night’s Dream reimagined. ★★★★½ You’d be mad not to see it” – The Age “A joyous mix of the romantic, the poetic and the making of mirth” – Canberra Times “Exquisitely joyful.”Herald Sun

Show details:

Synopsis

7–15 June 2024

Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is reawakened in this breathless production brimming with magic, mirth and mayhem.

Love is in the air in Athens – and it’s contagious. Besides the royal wedding, which is just days away, there are young lovers dreaming of enchanted futures together. Hermia and Lysander are besotted with one another, while Helena adores Demetrius. The only snag is that Demetrius loves Hermia – and he’s got Hermia’s father on his side. So nobody is happy. (Shakespeare wasn’t kidding when he said the course of true love never did run smooth.)

Determined to be together, Hermia and Lysander meet in a moonlit forest with plans to elope. Following hot on their heels is Demetrius, who in turn is pursued by a lovelorn Helena. But the young lovers are not alone in the forest. Nick Bottom and his hapless bunch of tradies have gathered to rehearse a play to be performed at the royal wedding. And, hidden from human eyes, a mischievous sprinkling of faeries are also in the forest that night. The three worlds collide in an explosion of comic confusion that throws the future of all the lovers into jeopardy.

Directed by Peter Evans, this production is quick as a shadow. Fast, funny and family-friendly, this is A Midsummer Night’s Dream reimagined.

★★★★½ You’d be mad not to see it” – The Age

“A joyous mix of the romantic, the poetic and the making of mirth” – Canberra Times

“Exquisitely joyful.”Herald Sun

Dates & Times

Friday 7 June 2024, 7pm (Opening Night)

Saturday 8 June 2024, 1pm & 7pm

Sunday 9 June 2024, 4pm (includes post-show Q&A)

Tuesday 11 June 2024, 7pm

Wednesday 12 June 2024, 11am (School Performance, includes post-show Q&A) & 7pm

Thursday 13 June 2024, 7pm

Friday 14 June 2024, 7pm

Saturday 15 June 2024, 1pm (Auslan Interpreted, Live Captioned & Audio Described with Tactile Tour at 11.45am) & 7pm

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Bell Shakespeare

CATEGORY:
Theatre

DURATION:
Approximately 110 minutes, with an interval.

ACCESS:
The Saturday 15 June 2024, 1pm performance will be Auslan Interpreted, Live Captioned & Audio Described with Tactile Tour (at 11.45am)

WARNINGS:
This performance may contain strobe lighting and haze effects.

AGE SUITABILITY:
This performance is suitable for audiences aged 12+ or with parental discretion.

LATECOMERS:
For most performances, latecomers cannot be admitted until a break in the performance. Please allow plenty of time to cover traffic and parking delays.

VENUE:
The Playhouse
SEATING PLAN
ACCESS INFORMATION

Company List

CAST

Puck Ella Prince

Hermia/Snug Ahunim Abebe

Helena/Starveling Isabel Burton

Demetrius/Snout Mike Howlett

Bottom/Egeus Matu Ngaropo

Oberon/Theseus/Flute Richard Pyros

Titania/Hippolyta/Quince Imogen Sage

Lysander/Mechanical Laurence Young

 

UNDERSTUDIES

Helena, Hermia, Puck and Titania Meredith Cohn

Oberon, Lysander, Demetrius and Bottom Tom Matthews

 

CREATIVES

Director Peter Evans

Associate Director Julia Billington

Set and Costume Designer Teresa Negroponte

Lighting Designer Benjamin Cisterne

Composer and Sound Designer Max Lyandvert

Movement, Intimacy and Fight Director Nigel Poulton

Voice Director Jack Starkey-Gill

Dramaturg James Evans

 

CREW

Production Manager Slade Blanch

Touring Company Manager Shannon Steele

Deputy Stage Manager Maree Delvecchio

Assistant Stage Manager Finlay Pedler

Head Electrician Christopher Payne

Head Mechanist Hayley Stafford

Head of Audio Todd Hawken

Head of Costume Sara Kolijn

Costume Assistant/Cutter Sally-Anne Mason

 

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