A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This production seems to have divided audiences along age lines. The younger you were, the more you liked it. The very young loved the energy and the action. The not quite so young loved the rock references and the energy. And the old folks were upset by the idea of punk fairies and a broken stage. I loved it – this is the best Dream I have seen.
Tom Rooney was fantastic as Puck (channelling Mick Jagger) and Geraint Wynn Davies was simply brilliant as Bottom. In most productions I find the character of Bottom painful to watch and always wish they would just cut the scenes with the mechanicals. In this production, I was totally captivated. Bottom was hilarious, but entirely sympathetic. Wynn Davies managed to play him straight, and the result was brilliant. The final version of the mechnical’s play was hysterical.
The rest of the cast was strong, but not quite up to these two. Yanna Macinitosh was good as Titania, but still too cool, especially when trying to channel Tina Turner. She needs to loosen her hips and strut more. Dion Johnstone was very good as Oberon, and continues to be an actor I want to see more from. Othello should be in his future.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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3 Responses to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  1. Keith says:

    Again, I largely agree with Cathy, particularly about Geraint Wynn Davies, but I am less forgiving of Yanna MacIntosh. She stuck out like a sore thumb as not getting it in the performance we saw. She has no fire. Still, it was the first preview, so I hope this will change when we see the play again next month.

  2. Keith says:

    Oh, I forgot to comment on the set.I thought the concept of using the collapse of traditional Festival stage as a symbol of the shift to disorder neat, but the way it was realized made sight lines a problem for people with seats to the side on the main level – this probably reflects the director's (and set designer's) lack of familiarity with this stage.

  3. Cathy says:

    We went back to see the production again in October to see if it had changed and if so, how. An expensive indulgence, but we had enjoyed it so much the first time, and actors often comment on how much better things get as they move through the season. Anyway, it was just as good the second time around. Titania had relaxed into the role and no longer seemed self-conscious about strutting around like Tina Turner. We were disappointed that Geraint Wynn DAvies was replaced by the understudy, but need not have been.Skye Brandon did an excellent job, and even managed to cope with a small wardrobe failure with a little help from his friends (who covered his private parts with the saucepan lid that was serving as a shield.)

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