- By William Shakespeare
Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Centre, St. Annes on Sea
- Oberon: Adam Palmer
- Titania: Rachel Cadley
- Hermia: Niamh Rourke
- Lysander: James Anderson
- Helena: Emma Campbell
- Demetrius: Henry Edson
- Thesis: Calum Matthew
- Hyppolita: Sally Robson
- Puck: James Thompson
- Fairy: Ashleigh Hamilton
- Bottom: Lewis James
- Quince: Lani Heywood
- Snout: Amy Campbell
- Flute: Jamie Ford
- Starveling: Abigail Cass
- Snug: Connor James
- Egeus: Joseph Ingham
- Philostrate: Alesha Busby
- Peaseblossom: Courtney Bryan
- Mustardseed: Holly Anderson
- Cobweb: Leah Mallinson
- Moth: Laura Bremner
Aine Redican, Alicia Harrison, Charlotte Wheeler, Ellie Matthew, Emmaleigh Furnell, Eve Hamilton, Georgia Ridehalgh, Jessica Hughes, Miranda Addy, Sophie Melville.
The Production Team:
- Directed By: Lynda Clarkson
- Choreography by: Deborah O’Dea
- Set & Lighting Design by: Phil Sykes
The exact date the play was written is unknown. It is generally accepted that the play was written in 1595 or 1596. It was first printed in 1600. In 1623, the play was printed in the First Folio, a collection of all of Shakespeare’s plays.
The play is about four confused young lovers, a group of clumsy workmen, the royal court of Duke Theseus, and the royal fairy court of King Oberon and Queen Titania. The play is set mostly at night in the woods near Athens.
Egeus wants his daughter Hermia to marry Demetrius. Hermia does not want to marry him. She loves another man named Lysander. Hermia and Lysander decide to run away. Demetrius follows them. Helena, Hermia’s best friend, is in love with Demetrius. She follows him. All four become lost in the woods near Athens.
Meanwhile, Oberon and Titania are having an argument. Oberon decides to teach Titania a lesson. He puts a love potion into her eyes while she is asleep. This potion will make her fall in love with the first thing she sees when she wakes.
Oberon finds Helena and Demetrius. He tells Puck to give Demetrius some of the love potion so that he will love Helena. Puck makes a mistake and puts the potion in Lysander’s eyes. When Lysander wakes up, he loves Helena instead of his real sweetheart Hermia!
The workmen are practising a play in the woods for the upcoming marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. Puck plays a trick on Nick Bottom by giving him donkey ears. The other actors run away, so Bottom goes to sleep. He is sleeping near Titania. She wakes up and falls in love with him.
Oberon realises everything is all mixed up. He gives some of the love potion to Demetrius. Now Demetrius and Lysander both love Helena. Sad and confused, all the lovers fall asleep. At last, Puck rights all the wrongs. He makes Lysander love Hermia again, and makes Demetrius love Helena. Everyone is happy.
The workmen perform their play after the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Oberon has stopped Titania being in love with Bottom. They are happy with each other again. The fairies use their magic to bless all the lovers.
2016 marks 400 years since Shakespeare died, and we thought this would be a good way to commemorate this.
This was the first play that LATA produced.
NODA REVIEW – NORTH WEST – DISTRICT 2
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s earlier plays and it weaves four sub-plots into one. It was probably written in 1595 to celebrate a court wedding and linked with this were the strange dreams commonly occurring in Midsummer.
Lynda Clarkson and L.A.T.A. are always setting themselves new targets and challenges and this production was no exception.
The play was rehearsed and produced in eight weeks and the whole team is to be congratulated. The correct atmosphere was instantly created by an open stage with a dramatic set by Philip Sykes giving an illusion of depth and with covered and decorated steps into the auditorium, to fashion a woodland area. Imaginative pendulous lights enhanced the action, with ever-changing colour effects with added oscillation as performers moved around the playing area. The wardrobe team has ensured that all on stage had the ideal costume for the various characters, not an easy task considering the many differing outfits required. The dancers, choreographed by Deborah O’ Dea brought further atmosphere to the plot and the students moved confidently and rhythmically to the chosen music. The players moved effortlessly from the Palace of Duke Theseus in Athens, to Peter Quince’s cottage and then to the woodland area.
The lovers Hermia, Niamh Rourke, Lysander, James Lawton, Helena, Emma Campbell and Demetrius, Henry Esden were played by four very mature and accomplished actors whose understanding and awareness of each character was just what was required. Their command of the text was first class.
This piece has many differing scenarios but the one involving “ The Mechanicals” a band of Athenian tradesmen performing the tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe, was a highlight. The enthusiasm shown by each character as they worked as a team was excellent and they showed good comic timing in their interpretation of the text.
Lewis James as The Weaver and Pyramus showed great potential . He was completely absorbed in the characters. Titania, Queen of Fairies played by Rachel Cadley held the stage and the audience at her every appearance. James Thompson played Robin Goodfellow (Puck) and his natural talent has been channeled into an outstanding performance. Apart from a few hurried lines and occasional lack of projection this was another production of a high standard. This was a very young cast but I am sure that under the direction of Lynda Clarkson and her team they will continue to progress in the future.
Thank you for your hospitality to my wife Jean and myself. We look forward to your next production.