A Midsummer Night's Dream
Echo Youth Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream

November 2018

The Show Gallery Reviews Programme

The Show

Performance Dates 21st & 22nd November 2018
OriginalWilliam Shakespeare
Adaptation byAnon

Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare. It is a tale sprinkled with fairy fantasy, love, mischief and mirth. The performance portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. A domineering lord, Egeus, demands the Duke orders his daughter Hermia, to marry the man of his choice, Demetrius. Hermia rebels, wanting to marry a man she loves, Lysander, so the young lovers run away, pursued by Demetrius and Hermia’s jealous friend, Helena, who wants Demetrius for herself.

Meanwhile, a group of six amateur actors (the Mechanicals) are struggling to put on a play for the Duke’s wedding. Quince, the play’s Director, is thwarted by artistic differences with his leading man, Bottom and an absence of talent within the band of actors.

The young lovers and the actors end up in the forest and catch the eye of a scheming Fairy King, Oberon, and his mischievous side-kick, Puck. Puck is tasked to play a trick on the Fairy Queen, Titania, but gets carried away with his mischief and includes the actors and the lovers in his tricks. A merry mayhem of confusion, transformation and misplaced love at-first-sight ensues, which requires Oberon to step in and sort out

Gallery

Reviews

J
ust got back from a Midsummer Nights dream. What a performance! I was in awe as soon as I entered the performance area- it was amazing. The crew who put that together absolutely nailed it- turning a “regular” Shakespeare play into a visual extravaganza! It was easy to forget the age of the entire cast as their performing prowess shone through, every one like seasoned professionals.

All in all, I loved every second of it and can’t wait for the next one. Well done to everyone involved, I know how hard you’ve all worked to put on such a spectacular show!

Audience Member