"The course of true love never did run smooth."
Step into a world where love's magic reigns supreme, and the boundary between dreams and reality blurs. Join a troupe of star-crossed lovers, mischievous fairies, and bumbling amateur actors as they venture into an enchanted forest. With spells gone awry and passions ignited, Shakespeare weaves a whimsical tale of love, laughter, and the unpredictable nature of desire.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a timeless comedy where dreams take flight, and the night is filled with laughter, enchantment, and unexpected twists that will leave you spellbound.
Perhaps one of Shakespeare's best loved comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream is a the perfect production to introduce students to the work of Shakespeare. It's funny and fun and it's comparatively low stakes make the story accessible to students, paving the way for them to focus on and interpret the language, themes, poetry and structure of the narrative, giving them a great head start before studying the meatier texts of Shakespeare.
"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"
This is an engaging production that breaks the fourth wall and invites the audience to keep up with the chaos on stage and interact with the action. This invitation to join the story allows students to contribute and inquire and to better connect with every aspect of the performance. The text has been edited to ensure that the audience is kept involved with the story and that each step of the way we never stray too far from valuable engagement. It's short, sharp, and funny!
The Dire Theatre Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream has been work shopped and devised with the assistance of not only professional performers, but currently working Department of Education English and Drama teachers to help make the text entertaining for students as well as accessible for academic exploration.