A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Queen's Wood Highgate
London
June/ July 2003

This was our first Shakespeare production — in the magical setting of an ancient wood with an old paddling pool (drained) providing an ideal stage with bushes and trees for cover. The rim of the pool provided hard seating or places for cushions and deck chairs, picnics and drinks. The weather was superb through all the open air rehearsals and performances, right up until the final night when as Pyramus exclaimed “O grim-look'd night! O night with hue so black!” the heavens opened with a summer storm! Fairies in hoodies, a beat up Reliant and the Mechanicals' hard hats and vests provided striking contrasts to the natural setting.

“This show works like a dream indeed”
LondonNet - full review below.


Cast

Hippolyta/ Titania
Sharon Bannister
Theseus/ Oberon
Gary Fordham
Helena
Fiona Gibbons
Hermia
Georgie Southern
Lysander
Matthew Scholes
Demetrius
Gary McDonagh
Egeus/ Snug/ Lion
Michael Markson
Bottom/ Pyramus
Simon Bolton
Puck
John O'Brien
Peter Quince
Paul Sayers
Peaseblossom/ Starveling/ Moonshine
Gemma France
Mustardseed/ Snout/ Wall
Zoe Grainge
Cobweb/ Flute/ Thisbe
Mike Yoxhall
Director
Paul Sayers
Assistant Director
Simon Bolton
Producer
Fiona Gibbons

Review

“The Bard's Midsummer Night's Dream is an intriguing affair, and Rooftop Theatre's inspired production makes for a fascinating production. Bewitched and bewitching, the drama exists in a curiously fantastical twilight zone.

The same could be said of the play's heroes and heroines. In a tale that sports the best trademarks of Shakespearean comedy, these star crossed lovers have plenty to imagine their way out of — chiefly a love potion misadministered by the sprightly Puck.

The company's enthusiastic response to performing in Queen's Wood capitalises on the audience's involvement. Forced to imagine that an old paddling pool is by turns a princely castle and a quiet glade, it's hard to watch without engaging. From the first entrance by scooter to the hoodlum fairies' final transformation into wacky workmen, this show works like a dream indeed.”

LondonNet
16th July 2003

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