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.
★★★★★ “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.
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