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A Midsummer Night's Dream
May 2014
Written By
William Shakespeare

Directed by
Pat Richards







Synopsis

Athen, Ancient Greece; Lysander is in love with Hermia which is grat, but Hermia is also in love with Lysander. Now Helena loves Demetrius but Demetrius loves Hermia as well. Complicated. Lysander and Hermia decide to run away, head through a forest and Helena and Demetrius follow. Meanwhile, Oberon is mad at Titania, a fairy queen, so he decides to use a magical flower to make her fall in love with the first thing she sees when waking from sleep. She later falls in love with Bottom, whose head was turned to an donkey's head.

Oberon and Puck apply the magical flower on the lovers in an effort to solve problems, but it only makes things worse. Lysander and Demetrius now both love Helena and Hermia is feeling very unloved. And all this takes place on Midsummer's Night.

In their first foray into the world of Shkaespeare the Lovelace Theatre Group are pleased to perform this famous production under the expert direction of Pat Richards.


Cast List






Hermia
Angela Pushpa-Rajar
Helena
Beth Garwood
Lysander
Tom Morley
Demetrius
Richard Sparks
Theseus
Roger Knowles
Hippolyta
Cherry Chance
Egeus
Mark Swinson
Oberon
Ed Turner
Titania
Jess Wall
Puck
Jen White
Bottom/Pyramus
Becky Morris
Quince
Jamie McBride

Philostryte
Bernie Kirk

Thisbe/Flute
Daniel Knight
Wall/Peaseblossom/Snout
Emily Giles
Moonshine/Starveling
Jacob Hunt-Wheatley

Snug
Linda Mayes

Mustard Seed
Carly Capill
Cobweb
Amber Cresswell
Moth
Sophie McCallin

Production Team

Lighting
Carl Wilkinson, Ethan Thomas
Stage Contruction and Design
Pete McFarlane, Gary Clark

 

Sound
Tom Inglis
Director
Pat Richards
 
Prompt
Chris Knowles
Assistant Director
Chris Knowles
 
Costumes
Bernie Kirk, Jess Wall
Front of House
Becs Mayes
 

Rehearsal Photos (click to enlarge)    


Press Reviews



Lovelace Theatre review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by Denis Robinson

The course of true love never did run smooth’ is a famous quote from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

And the intricate plot of this charming play -- successfully presented last week by Hucknall’s Lovelace Theatre Group -- makes it seem very much an understatement.An enthusiastic cast, blending youth and experience, rose impressively to the occasion of the group’s first foray into the world of the Bard.As Shakespeare might have put it, methinks ‘twas a very good production forsooth.It all amounted to a delightful evening’s entertainment for large audiences at the three performances in the John Godber Centre.

The comic highlight undoubtedly revolves around the play within a play, ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’, which a group of Athenian handymen are to present for the wedding of Duke Theseus (Roger Knowles) and Hippolyta (Cherry Chance).Becki Morris was in truly rumbustious form as one of the group, weaver Nick Bottom, who is given an ass’s head in a spell cast by the King of Fairies, Oberon (Ed Turner).Using a flower with magical properties, Oberon gets his estranged Queen, Titania (Jess Wall), to fall in love with the bewildered Bottom.The same device is used in a bid to resolve a tangled love situation involving four young people, Hermia (Angela Pushpa-rajar), Demetrius (Richard Sharpe), Helena (Beth Garwood) and Lysander (Tom Morley).

But a case of mistaken identity by Oberon’s sprite, Puck (Jenny White), only adds to the chaotic confusion.Director Pat Richards had to step into the role of carpenter Peter Quince for part of Friday’s performance.This was because Jamie McBride, who was cast as Quince, found himself caught up in traffic returning from a business trip to London.Flamboyant costumes for the fairies did much to enhance the magical sequences.

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