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A 'Midsummer Night’s Dream' is transported back to the 1980s

The moment that Margot’s wonderfully cheeky Puck sprung into action to Wham’s classic, Jitterbug, we knew we were in for a treat at The Tobacco Factory, with this year’s Redmaids High entry into the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Under the expert direction of Mrs Armsby, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was transported to the 1980s, where the fairies were the perfect fusion of day-glo and punk and the mechanicals were hopeless businessmen with their brightly-coloured braces and the biggest mobile phones you have ever seen!

The chaotic comedy of the love square, which is at the heart of the play, was performed with great wit and perfect timing by the four Athenian lovers. A stand-out moment was their hilarious fight sequence, which delighted the audience, as Lucy’s Hermia scrambled through legs, flung herself across the stage and prostrated herself on the ground in her bid to get her own back at her former friend Helena, beautifully played by Annie.

All this whilst Lysander and Demetrius (the energetic Alice and Georgia) blew kisses and waved flirtatiously, before wrestling with each other and finally duelling with a game of thumb war!

Plenty of fun was enjoyed courtesy of the hapless mechanicals too, as Brooke’s Bottom was suitably enthusiastic and big-headed (especially when wearing the magnificent donkey head after her transformation).

Her fellow players injected some fabulous moments of physical comedy into their play within a play too as they emerged as cowardly lions and collapsing walls.

Luckily for the audience, Shakespeare and this merry band of Year 8 actors provided us with our happy ending, so over in the fairy kingdom, even the wonderfully broody and warring Titania and Oberon (the feisty Rosie and Molly) were reconciled, after their marital tiff.

So these ‘shadows’ certainly did not ‘offend’, instead they delighted everyone at The Tobacco Factory with their warm, witty and wonderful version of a Shakespearean favourite, enough to warm up the coldest November evening.

Date Posted: 22 November 2018
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