The clue is in the title – this is a different dream. Peter Evans will reawaken Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a breathless 90-minute production that amplifies the magic, mirth and mayhem.
Love is in the air in Athens – and it’s contagious. Besides the royal wedding, which is just days away, there are young lovers dreaming of contented futures together. Hermia and Lysander are besotted with one another, while Helena adores Demetrius. The only snag is that Demetrius loves Hermia – and he’s got Hermia’s father on his side. So nobody is happy. (Shakespeare wasn’t kidding when he said the course of true love never ran smooth.)
Determined to be together, Hermia and Lysander meet in a moonlit forest, with plans to elope. Following hot on their heels is Demetrius, who in turn is pursued by a lovelorn Helena. But the young lovers are not alone in the forest. Nick Bottom and his hapless bunch of tradies have gathered to rehearse a play to be performed at the royal wedding. And, hidden from human eyes, a mischievous sprinkling of fairies are also in the forest that night. The three worlds collide in an explosion of comic confusion that throws the future of all the lovers into jeopardy.
Peter Evans’ pared-back production will be as quick as a shadow. Fast, funny and family-friendly, this is The Dream as you’ve never seen it before.
You can learn more about The Dream by reading this essay.
By William Shakespeare
Director Peter Evans
Designer Teresa Negroponte
Lighting Designer Rachel Burke
Sound Designer Caitlin Porter
Movement Director Nigel Poulton
Dramaturg James Evans
Theseus/Oberon/Flute/Thisbe Ray Chong Nee
Hippolyta/Titania/Quince Janine Watson
Helena/Starveling/Moonshine Nikki Shiels
Demetrius/Snout/Wall Johnny Carr
Hermia/Snug/Lion Lucy Honigman
Lysander/Mechanical Gareth Reeves
Bottom/Pyramus/Egeus Richard Piper
Puck Julie Forsyth
MELBOURNE | 18 September – 4 October
Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
*Audio Described Performance | Saturday 4 October 2014, 2pm
WOLLONGONG | 8–11 October
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, IMB Theatre
Single Ticket Prices
All Performances (excluding Saturday 7:30pm)
Groups of 8 or more $65
Under 30† $35
Saturdays at 7:30pm
Groups of 8 or more $72
Under 30† $48
Transaction fees may apply.
*Concession applies to Australian Pensioners, Health Care Card holders, Full-time Students and MEAA members. Proof of concession must be provided.
†Available to people turning 30 or under in 2014. Proof of age must be provided.
The Dream programme
Interview with director Peter Evans