Year 6 students of 2018 all came together in July for the leavers assembly, to celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare’s creative legacy with this superb adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
Set in Ancient Greece it begins with the bungling ‘I comings’ and ‘I goings’ of Philostrate (Erica) and compounded further by the insistent Egeus (Nadyne Sofia) that her daughter ‘Hermia’ should marry, who Egeus chooses, as opposed to who Hermia would prefer to choose, which sets the chaotic tone for the rest of the production? This hit musical where all Shakespeare’s characters come vividly to life.
In a variety of love twists and turns. When Theseus (Aaish) and Hippolyta (Zoha) recall how they fell in love, singing and dancing to the Venezuelan Tango,Where Oberon (Yuba) and Titania (Mya) tease and taunt each other in the comical melody ‘So you fancy me!”.
Here, the fear is taken out of Shakespeare and in this show comedy abounds with the ‘Rude mechanicals’, a hapless bunch of builder would be thespians,’ who add a comical element to the play in the form of Bottom (Ashham) with his Asses head and the other members of his cast, Quince played by Rasheeqa and partnered by Quill (Rohaiba), where they helplessly attempt to inspire and motivate the others in a romantic play, Thisbe (Farhat) and lion played by (Tameera) play up to the audience and certainly entertain all at the wedding!..
Meanwhile the confused and muddled couples of Demetrius (Nam) and Hermia (Lulu) with Lysander (Haiqal) and Helena (Lauren) are continually being tricked and beguiled by the mischievous Puck (Qian Tung)and his bungling sidekicks Luigi (Ben) and Gino (Iz Kiram) who apply magic potions, causing the couples to switch their feelings for one another.
With the same dynamic impact and magical quality of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”,with its supporting cast of fairies and pixies the play has been carefully reworked, simplified and shortened so that Junior school actors will not in the least be overstretched, but will enjoy the experience hopefully just as much as the audience feedback would have us believe! Thank you! – By Mr Gary True