South-Devon Players present
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
A famous comedic play by the playwright William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows two pairs of lovers from Athens, who find themselves in a magical forest at the summer solstice, where they encounter the faerie folk. The forest faeries have problems of their own, with their king, Oberon, being rejected by his wife in an argument. Oberon sends the mischief-loving Puck to play tricks upon the faerie queen with the aim of making her fall in love with him once more, and of course, the human couples are caught up in the confusion and trickery.
Meanwhile, the ruler of Athens is planning his own wedding, to the queen of the Amazons, and is planning a great festival with theatre and ceremony. A group of craftspeople from Athens are engaged to create a play to perform at this wedding and take themselves to the forest to rehearse the play – whereupon they also encounter Puck and find themselves caught up in the faeries’ illusions. The hilarious results of these adventures, and the ensuing wedding back in Athens, do finally resolve themselves.
This production, by a Devon theatre company experienced in performing Shakespeare, has a setting combining fantasy with steampunk, and is suitable for all ages.
Reviews for The South Devon Players’ tour of Macbeth
“Stunning performances and choreography”
“Dynamic, dramatic, distinctive”
“Seamlessly combining tradition with innovation”
About South Devon Players
The South Devon Players Theatre and Film Company is a professional, autistic-female-of-colour-led touring theatre company based in Brixham in South Devon. The South Devon Players specialises in dramas based on researched history and classical literature (and Shakespeare), creating inclusive and empathic opportunities for people of all ages, demographics and experience, to launch or further their careers in theatre and performing arts, as well as related disciplines. The South Devon Players also value the educational and social benefits of theatre, extremely highly, running training classes and providing educational materials alongside the shows. The South Devon Players Theatre and Film Company was founded by Laura Jury in 2005, and has gone on to win several regional, national and international arts awards.
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