(2015)

 

Welcome to the forest. A surreal world of fairies, spells, incantations, magic – disorder made right by the mischief of the night.

When four young lovers escape to the woods, they find themselves embroiled in a battle of wills between the fairy king and queen. Nearby, a group of rude mechanicals are rehearsing for a performance at the wedding of Duke Theseus. When everyone’s paths cross, they become entangled in a heady, unpredictable chaos: one that threatens to tear the fair kingdom apart…

Blending cabaret, drag, spoken word, music and movement with Shakespeare’s original words, and a new text devised by Patrick Cash and the company, this Dream offers a provocative, darkly comedic meditation on love and relationships in the 21st century.

 

-Reviews

★★★★★ “Surely the most inventive, outrageous, and thoroughly enjoyable bending of the Bard that we’ve witnessed … An ingenious blending of classical theatre with burlesque, cabaret and queer politics … Do yourself a favour and run away with the fairies.” Gay Times

Preview video on London Live: http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2015-01-23/shakesqueer-the-all-lgbtq-cast-put-on-a-midsummer-night-s-dream

 

 

Images by Holly Revell.

Cast

Sheena Anyanwu

Diego Benzoni

Miss Cairo

Daniel Correia

Anthony Cranfield

Vickie Dillon

Rudi Douglas

Camilla Harding

James Hartley

Stuart Honey

Damien Hughes

Krishna Istha

Rubyyy Jones

Damien Kileen

Bex Large

Phil Rhys Thomas

Text William Shakespeare, with new text by Patrick Cash

Direction Nick Connaughton

Costume Designer Lydia Cawson

Lighting Designer Markus Tarasenko Fadum

Sound Designer Kirsty Gillmore

Original Music Rudi Douglas

Assistant Director Daniel Correia

Assistant Director Ross Crosby

Photographer Holly Revel

Choreographer Rubyyy Jones