Two dazzling performances of Shakespeare’s comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ brought together the talents of over 60 actors and dancers from across the Senior School.
Ranging in age from First Year to Sixth Form, the pupils came together to tell the story of four characters – Helena played by Grace Shropshire, Hermia played by Emma Scorah, Lysander played by Adam Murray and Demetrius played by Daniel Grant – who are put under an enchantment on a midsummer’s eve.
In the famous play Egeus, played by Rafe Howgate, wants his daughter Hermia to marry Demetrius but Hermia refuses, because she’s in love with Lysander.
Hermia and Lysander decide to elope that night and confide in their friend Helena. But Helena is secretly in love with Demetrius so, hoping to win his affection, she tells him of Hermia’s plan. That night, all four lovers set out into the forest.
Elsewhere in the forest, the fairy king and queen, Oberon and Titania are at odds and the mischievous fairy Puck is sent to find a magic plant.
The juice of the plant, when squeezed onto the eyes of someone asleep, causes them to fall in love with the first creature they see when they wake up. Puck puts the juice on the lovers and Titania, and trouble ensues.
Second Year pupil, Jacob Henshaw, who played the comedic role of Bottom had audiences laughing uproariously. His self-aggrandising means he is also caught up in the trouble and his head is transformed into that of an ass.
Bottom is part of a group of Athenian tradesmen who are an aspiring acting troupe. The group interjected scenes of humour throughout the performance.
Puck, Oberon, Titania and the other forest fairies were played by a group of talented dancers from the Senior School who put on a glittering performance with brilliant choreography.
The wonderful performance was supported by the hardworking pupils in the behind the scenes team, made up of makeup artists, backstage helpers and set designers as well as lighting and sound crew.
Head of Lower School, Helen Lawson said:
“A big thank you from Mrs Moffatt, Mrs Downing and Mrs Lawson to all the pupils and staff who worked so hard for this week’s Drama and Dance production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The dancers and actors performed enthusiastically and brought mirth, merriment and a taste of balmy summer nights to two stormy March evenings.
“Their efforts were much appreciated by packed audiences, who particularly enjoyed the Mechanicals’ comical rendition of ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’. The boys and girls involved showed true grit and a real sense of community spirit in the run up to the performance; they can be proud of their achievements.”
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