A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one Shakespeare’s classic comedies, and one that HGSS students study near the end of Year 7. So, on 17 October, nearly 50 Year 8 and 7 students attended the cinema to view a live broadcast of the National Theatre performing the play. With popcorn in hand, students watched a dazzling live theatre production.
In a twist on the regular play, instead of the fairy king Oberon uses a love potion to make Titania fall in love with a man with a donkey’s head, it is instead Titania that tricks Oberon. Her trusty sidekick, Puck, was a crazed, energetic acrobat swinging on silks throughout the performance, making the students giggle with his antics. Gwendolyn Christie was magnificent as the fairy Queen, swinging above the stage as she played with the mortals below. Above all, students loved Bottom, the hapless actor who grows a pair of donkey ears and is pursued by the love-struck Oberon.
With modern additions to Shakespeare’s play, students were buzzing about the acrobatics of the fairies, the catchy music and songs, the beds floating through the air, and the bizarre silliness of the events of the play. A magical evening was had by all!