Sunday, 6 November 2016

a midsummer night's dream

On Saturday 19th June, while Bethan was at a brownies afternoon out in Greenwich, Maisie and I went to the Southwark Playhouse for the matinee of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which we both enjoyed.

The conceit was that it was a group of actors - the actors before us, just seven of them, some perhaps not having turned up - rehearsing the play, with a bit of awareness of the audience but with almost nothing in the way of set, props, costume or sound/light effects. As with so much of what we see off-West-End, it was well done, and worthy of a bigger audience (I'm not sure it was half-full - it was a matinee, but it was halfway through the run).

I'm not sure I'd seen any of them before. Freddie Fox is from the famous theatrical family, and did go on quite soon afterwards to fill in for someone in a lead role in Kenneth Branagh's production of some other Shakespeare; and I saw him again quite recently in Travesties. One of the women, Maddy Hill, was recently out of a notable role in Eastenders, apparently. It was by Go People and Glass Half Full Productions.

Rather cleverly, I thought, right at the end they used sound and lighting, as if to say, 'See, we could have used light and sound all through, but that's less fun than imagination, no?'