Spotlight Theatre Drama group will be presenting Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th October at the Spotlight Theatre on West Street starting at 7.30pm.
The Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most loved and performed plays which many people will already be familiar with. For those new to it, the plot consists of two pairs of lovers, a group of would be actors who are rehearsing a play to be performed to The Duke and his new wife Hippolyta plus a band of fairies who all come together in the forest at night. As usual, nothing goes quite right as the mischievous fairy Puck makes a mistake which causes confusion amongst the sleepinglovers much to the annoyance of his master Oberon. When Puck comes across the actors he puts a spell on one of Shakespeare’s most famous characters -Bottom the weaver – turning him into an ass. Oberon has also put a spell on his sleeping fairy Queen Titania making her fall in love with the first thing she sees on awakening. On trying to correct his mistake, Puck only make things worse.
The play, like many of Shakespeare’s, can be performed in many ways as there is no reference to any time in history. Some play it in medieval costume, some in modern dress, it’s been played with an all male cast, an all female cast and even with the gender of the two main fairies changed. Spotlight’s production is a mixture of slightly Victorian for the mortals and slightly Steam Punk for the fairies.
Fortunately Spotlight has someone on hand who worked in the BBC Costume department designing the excellent costumes for the group. This production follows the famous Peter Brook version in which he saw a slightly darker side to the play by doubling the characters of Theseus the Duke and Hippolyta with Oberon and Titania. The play makes more sense when played like this but don’t forget it is still a very funny comedy.
Tickets are available at The Spa booking office (01262 678258) or on the door.