A Midsummer Night's Dream
Echo Youth Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream

November 2018

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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

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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
D
irector Kerry Stanley has created a ‘Dream’ that retains all the cleverness of the original but adds a big dollop of fun to create a thoroughly enjoyable show.

Norwich Eye
T
his is a lively, fast paced and hugely enjoyable ‘Dream’ that should help a new generation to discover the relevance and exuberance of Shakespeare. The design, staging and characterisation could all inspire many older and more experienced casts to look again at the fun to be had from this play. There were none of the stumbles or hesitations that some might expect from school age performers, this was a cast that knew their stuff and enjoyed putting it across with huge confidence and enjoyment.

Norwich Eye
C
ongratulations are due to Director Kerry Stanley for finding the talent and extracting the essence of this well-known play to give the first Shakespeare experience to many of the participants and to ensure enjoyment for all involved from so many schools.

NODA
T
his production was just magical and we spent an evening of enchantment.

NODA
J
ust needed to say that last night’s ‘Mid-Summers ‘ was a true sensory delight! The setting, costumes, considered lighting and beautiful, sometimes haunting, songs and sounds helped to truly transport all watching to a fantastical alternative time and place. All that coupled with the exuberant, comical very accomplished interpretation of the words of Shakespeare, and feelings behind them, by the cast resulted in a fully immersive and truly enjoyable performance. Congratulations to all involved!

Audience Member
W
hat an EXCELLENT production this was. Shakespeare has such a reputation for being boring, but I found that this was anything but! The energy and craft from the children with this play was truly excellent. Incredibly well cast, superb direction and so visually creative - I left really impressed, This was better than a lot of adult productions of Shakespeare I've seen.

As is always the way, youth theatre tends to have an abundance of girls (woo go girls!) and what I was so happy to see were how talented they were in all the roles they were cast in - regardless of gender, and with very clear, differentiating characterisations! Bottom was an absolute stand out for me, she took on the role in its entirety and it was an absolute joy to watch, her energy never wained. All the leads were excellent but even the small roles were well cast and strong. The boy who played Oberon was also a personal favourite, he handled the text (and acrobatics!) with a real maturity and style. And of course I have to also mention Puck, whimsical and mischievous, he never dropped character once, I found my eye drawn to him in any scene he was in, just brilliant.

Even in the middle of November, I had a lovely night at a Midsummer Nights Dream

Audience Member