Autumn Play 2021 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Having had a very quiet 2020 through the interference of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are able to announce our plans for 2021.  We have missed seeing all of our friends and look forward to gathering again, even if socially distanced.
We are celebrating our centenary in 2021 with a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare.  This play has now been cast, but if you are interested in joining in backstage, front of house or in any other way please contact us.

Synopsis

In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, residents of Athens mix with Fairies from a local forest, with comic results.  In the city, Theseus, Duke of Athens is to marry Hippolyta, queen of the amazons.  Bottom the weaver and his friends rehearse in the woods a play they hope to stage for the wedding celebrations.

Four young Athenians are in a romantic tangle.  Lysander and Demetrius lover Hermia; she loves Lysander and her BFF (best friend forever) Helena loves Demetrius.  Hermia’s father Egeus, commands Hermia to marry Demetrius, and Theseus supports the father’s right.

All four young people end up in the woods, where Robin Goodfellow, a Puck, who serves the fairy King Oberon, puts flower juice on the eyes of Lysander and then Demetrius, unintentionally causing both of them to fall in love with Helena.  Oberon, who is quarrelling with his wife, Titania, uses the flower juice on her eyes.  She falls in love with Bottom, who now, thanks to Robin Goodfellow, wears an ass’s head.

To resolve the mistakes made, while the young lovers sleep, Robin Goodfellow restores Lysander’s love for Hermia, so that now each young woman is matched with the man she loves.  Oberon disenchants Titania and removes Bottom’s ass’s head.

The two young couples join Theseus and Hippolyta in getting married and Bottom rejoins his friends to perform the play.

Cast

William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is fully cast as follows.

Oberon / Theseus                            –              Piers Husband

Titania / Hippolyta                           –              Laura Brand

Egeus                                                    –              Pippa Mills

Philostrate                                          –              Amanda Durley

Demetrius                                           –              Darren White

Lysander                                              –              Chris Page Tickell

Hermia                                                 –              Hayleigh Baker Towns

Helena                                                  –              Sophie Borrell

Peter Quince, Carpenter               –              Tom Baker

Nick Bottom, Weaver                     –              Brian Arrowsmith

Francis Flute, Bellows Mender   –              Kate Youll

Tom Snout, Tinker                           –              Ella Perryman

Snug, Joiner                                        –              Will Nash

Robin Starveling, Tailor                  –              Sophie Brand

Robin Goodfellow, a puck             –              Anne-Marie Baggott

Fairy (Peaseblossom)                   –              Chrissie White

Cobweb                                            –              Pippa Mills

Mote                                                 –              Sophie Brand

Mustardseed                                   –              Ella Perryman

We will be making further announcements throughout the next few months so please keep checking in at the website, on Facebook and on Twitter.