GCSE & A Level trip to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thursday 24th May 2018

The GCSE and A Level Drama classes went to the  Watermill Theatre, on Tuesday 22 May, to see the Watermill production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Paul Hart’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Watermill Theatre was set in the Victorian era with the backdrop of a run down and crumbling theatre. We could clearly see this shabby location through the set with the fly system’s ropes, unfinished flooring, costume rail, prop box and paint tower as significant elements to this production’s design. All these elements combined to constantly affirm to the audience that we were watching a play, not real life, which widened the boundaries for magic to ensue.  The format for The Watermill’s production created another layer to the already established Metatheatre concept in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In this production there was a play within a play within a play structure!

A company of ten young, vibrant and talented actors and actor-musicians formed the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Between them they played 21 characters as well as musical instruments, singing, performing stylised movement routines and magic tricks. The unstoppable cast reflected the limitless possibilities of what emotions, magic and trickery can occur in dreams. The soundtrack performed live, was made up of arrangements of soul, folk and jazz spanning from the 1950s up until this decade with songs such as My Baby Just Cares for Me, Blue Moon, Cupid and Sing to the Moon.

It was a brilliant production which was much appreciated by both the L5 and L6 groups, which they will review as part of their drama courses.

The director, actors, and designer of this production of  A Midsummer Night’s Dream did a tremendous job! The play was funny as well as enlightening and I have learnt more about theatre as a whole. I’ve written so many notes! – Disha T (L6)