Midsummer on the dancefloor


I can’t count how many companies around the world bring A Midsummer Night’s Dream on stage this year, in many creative ways, to celebrate the Bard’s 400th anniversary. I focused my interest on the RSC’s version RSC Dream 2016, which I liked much and I saw three times at the Barbican (read my report here), but for sure this other one caught my attention today: The Donkey Show, A Midsummer Nights Disco at Proud Camden in London.

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It was introduced to me via Twitter by , who is involved in the project (michaelwoods-sound.co.uk). We follow each other there and I’m grateful he suggested me the show.

I take the synopsis straight from their gorgeous, glittering site donkeyshowlondon.com:

Taking over Proud Camden, this Midsummer Night’s Dream has a disco flair and you’re in the party! Inspired by Shakespeare’s story of love, magic and mishaps, and boasting a catalogue of retro hits including; I Will Survive, We Are Family, You Sexy Thing, Carwash and Don’t Leave Me This WayThe Donkey Show is bringing the divas, dancers and disco balls to London this summer for a strictly limited season from 10 June.

You can follow them on several social media:

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YouTube channel

Snapchat donkeyshowldn

Here the Cast&Creative list: donkeyshowlondon.com/cast-creative with their Twitter accounts – some characters’ names are different from the original, so I’d like to know if there still are the four lovers and how the story develops.

In the News session, you can find interviews to the cast&creatives and a rehearsals diary. I like when a production shares a lot of material with the audience.

Venue: Proud Camden, Camden Town, London @ProudCamdenproudcamden.com – a strictly limited season from 10 June to 21 August 2016.

I love Disco music! I love Midsummer: to me it’s the most musical and colorful play that Shakespeare ever wrote, so putting it on the dancefloor is a great idea!

This show looks sooo cool! If I was in London this Summer, I would certainly go to Camden to see it!

I leave you with this promo shoot, which is really nice:


 

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It is not enough to speak, but to speak true


Very nice and interesting interview with Jack Holden. I particularly like the suggestions to the amateurs! I just can’t wait to finally see Midsummer performed on stage, and in London at the Barbican!

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For the second of this blog’s seasonal specials I am thrilled to bring readers an interview with a member of the professional cast of A Play For The Nation. Jack Holden will be playing the role of Lysander, one of the four mixed up young lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Jack’s love of performing started at the age of 7 with a camcorder-recorded spoof of a popular children’s BBC show entitled ‘Bloop Eater’. He was born in Tonbridge, Kent in 1990 and was educated at the Judd School after which he was awarded a place at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2011. Since then he has never looked back and has played in a range of productions including a couple of highly praised one man plays and a previous season with the RSC. His last stage outing was as Hastings in the Theatre Royal, Bath…

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The RSC announced Professional Casting for Dream2016!


Today the RSC announced the Professional Casting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream tour 2016!

rsc.org.uk/press/releases/rsc-announces-professional-casting-for-a-midsummer-night-s-dream

I was waiting for it for a while. I had the intention to see it in any case, but seeing who’s in the cast…

“[…] Ayesha Dharker will take on the role of Titania, Queen of the Fairies. […] Ayesha Dharker is joined by Jamie Cameron (Fairy); Lila Clements (Fairy); Lucy Ellinson (Puck); Aimee Gray (Fairy); Peter Hamilton Dyer (Egeus); Laura Harding (Hippolyta); Jack Holden (Lysander); Chris Nayak (Demetrius); Mercy Ojelade (Hermia); Chu Omambala (Oberon); Sam Redford (Theseus); Laura Riseborough (Helena); Isaac Ssebandeke (First Fairy); Alex Tomkins (Fairy) and Jon Trenchard (Philostrate). With further casting to be announced. […]

 

…I decided to book immediately for it at the Barbican Centre next May! It’s the venues I can reach more easily than others (see the list on their official site).

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I’m curious to know the further casting. Meanwhile, I couldn’t help to send tweets to @RSCDream2016 and to Jack Holden saying “Congratulations for the role!”

He posted this nice tweet (link to the original):

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I saw this play only in a movie and I’m glad to be able to see a stage version, finally. Here some information on Lysander from another production, one of those characters I immediately like, who likes “Being rebellious & forbidden love” according to his profile.

Now I can’t wait to see it and to see the first pictures in rehearsals and then official!

I find very interesting that Puck is played by an actress. Looks like next 2016 could be my Shakesperian year!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation


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An event that will celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, 1616-2016.

The Royal Shakespeare Company some months ago announced:

<<A co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and amateur companies across the UK.

In 2016, the RSC and amateur companies around the UK take you on a very special Midsummer adventure with a unique production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The nation’s favourite Shakespeare play is performed as never before; magically intertwining professional and amateur actors, deep in an enchanted wood on Midsummer’s night. During its tour of the UK, catch the show in Stratford-upon-Avon and on tour around the UK where regional amateur groups will perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

On Midsummer’s Day we announced the 14 amateur companies from around the UK who will be joining us on our journey. Meet the Bottoms in our brand new trailer and visit the Dream 2016 website to get to know each company.

This is an arrangement developed between the RSC and Equity.
Supported by Arts Council England Cross-Border Touring Fund.>>

LINKS:

Dream 2016 Twitter account 

Instagram rscdream2016

Facebook Page RSCDream2016

SLOGANS:

<<In 2016, will take you on a special adventure with a production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream with professional & 14 amateur groups. Across the UK in 2016! dream2016.org.uk >>

<<Follow the journey of the 14 UK Amateur groups with this account and hashtag – let the fun beginning!>>

<<Oct 26 we’re asking everyone to design a fairy ‪#‎TheBigDraw‬ ‪#‎dream2016‬ We’re can’t wait to see your Fairy>>

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I love this logo with the donkey! It’s from the Dream 2016 site.

I’m keeping an eye on this event that sounds amazing! I never saw the play on stage, so this would be a good occasion to see it performed in such original way.

I still don’t have the cast list, but I will try to see it in London, if possible.

They also launched this other nice hashtag: people can draw their fairies and share them on Twitter and Instagram. They appears on the official site.

There are very beautiful drawings posted by their authors. And here’s my fairy I shared with them, “The Fairy of the Leaves“:

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TOUR:

(some tickets are not available, yet)

Newcastle Upon Tyne
Northern Stage
16 – 26 March 2016
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Glasgow
Citizens Theatre
29 March – 2 April 2016
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Blackpool
Grand Theatre
5 – 9 April 2016
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Bradford
Alhambra Theatre
12 – 16 April 2016
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Canterbury
Marlowe Theatre
19 – 23 April 2016
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Norwich
Theatre Royal
26 – 30 April
On sale late July

Nottingham
Theatre Royal
3 – 7 May 2016
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Truro
Hall for Cornwall
10 – 14 May 2016
On sale late September/early October

London
Barbican
17 – 21 May 2016
Priority Booking from Autumn 2015

Cardiff
New Theatre
24 – 28 May 2016
On sale late October/early November

Belfast
Grand Opera House
31 May – 4 June 2016
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TRAILERS & CLIPS:

Meet the Bottoms | A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation | RSC