2016 has certainly been a momentous year: we’ve seen Wales put England to shame in the European Championships; we’ve had the referendum on Europe; we’ve witnessed Andy Murray win Wimbledon for the second time; endured the sad loss of so many talented artists like David Bowie, Victoria Wood and Caroline Aherne et al; welcomed a new Prime Minister etc. However, this year is also momentous for another reason: it also marks the four hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
To honour this event, there is a national celebration of Shakespeare’s work. Here, at The West Bridgford School, our GCSE Drama students (in collaboration with our Year 8, 9 & 10 pupils) make their own unique contribution to the celebrations by staging Shakespeare’s popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is, with hindsight, an apt choice of play. We are currently living in a period of confusion, where all the rules seem to have been changed. In the play, this scenario is indeed enacted through the integration of Theseus’ court with a protesting father and two rival lovers. Moreover, the intervention of supernatural world of Oberon, Titania and Puck overturn the natural order of things and send the lives of the protagonists into a state of turmoil. In addition, the lower orders are also affected in the shape of the Mechanicals: Bottom, for instance, is transformed into an Ass and is admired by a higher being, in the form of Titania. Nothing is as it should be: a possible reflection of the state of things today.
The West Bridgford School production is the culmination of the students’ creative ideas in response to the text. They have responded to Shakespeare’s play and produced their own collective interpretation: ideas have not been imposed upon them; they have come to their own conclusions and shaped the performance. It is their show; their interpretation of a wonderful play. Why not reserve a seat and celebrate Shakespeare’s genius with us?
Tickets are still available on the door for Friday 15 July- 7.30 till 9.30pm
More photos from the production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are available to view on our Gallery Page, click here to view them.