Live from the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, the public were treated to the showing of A Midsummer Night's Dream. A dream quite unlike anything Shakespeare was ever troubled with – and a potential nightmare for audiences looking for something more conventional.
Unusually for this venue, it’s also a production ‘bought in’ – having already been road-tested by the combined forces of the Lyric in Hammersmith and Filter Theatre Company.
With abundant silliness and occasional outright anarchy, it was originally designed for the Latitude Festival, and has now been re-worked in the round.
It could be easily dismissed as entry-level Key Stage 1 Shakespeare but at times it touches the bawdy authenticity of the play’s origins, though first-time audiences are advised to brush up on the bonkers plot. But if it gives those newcomers a taste for more, then this production has done a good evening’s work. It’s unashamedly targeted at youthful audiences and delivers a barrage of sight and sound gags, at a blink-and-you’ll-miss-them pace.
Bringing the whole play in at a little more than 100 uninterrupted minutes is an achievement in itself. Winkball reporters interviews visitors outside the venue. They were surprised at how funny the show was. Do you have a view on the show? Leave a wink online now.