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REVIEW: Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0369  Monday, 26 July 2013

 

From:        Brenda Liddy < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         July 28, 2013 6:13:27 PM EDT

Subject:     REVIEW: Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s A Midsummer’s 

Night Dream

 

Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s Summer Production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream

 

And think no More of This Night’s Accidents

But as the Fierce Vexation of a Dream

 

 

 

Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s summer production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream took place at Carnfunnock Country Park, County Antrim (Northern Ireland, UK) on 27/07/13. This was an open-air performance, and the audience were allowed to bring a picnic to share with family and friends. There was a marquee in the grounds as well. It was a magical experience; and as the audience enjoyed the beautiful weather and the scrumptious food, the talented players treaded the boards. As in all in good comedies, there were three key ingredients, exposition, complication and resolution. Instead of agreeing to marry Demetrius, Hermia runs off into the woods with Lysander and is followed by Helena and Demetrius. The stage is set for an evening of frolics in forest where the mischievous Puck leads the foolish mortals up and down until the right Jack finds the right Jill, the Changeling child is given to Oberon and Quince’s Rude Mechanicals put on an amazing play. At the end of the play, Demetrius comments to the lion, ‘Well roared, Lion, and Theseus commends Thisbe’s running and Hippolyta praises the Moon’s shining abilities. I would like to extol the talent of the seven actors who played twenty-one roles, from the Athenians, to the fairies to the Rude Mechanicals. 

 

 

The path of true live never runs smooth whereas this was a polished performance, a ‘most rare vision.’

 

Brenda Liddy 28/07/ 

 

 
 

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