While on holiday last week we went to see a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream put on the local Village Hall by the Grasmere Players
Without wishing to over-exaggerate (which I am prone to do) this was undoubtably one of the best productions I have ever seen and although by amateurs you could be forgiven for thinking them professional. The set and costumes may not have been the most lavish but the acting, enthusiasm, and remembering all the words was top of the class!
And, as usual, while waiting for 'curtain up' I get out my sketchbook and observe my fellow theatre-goers:
I think the guy was from Nose City.
Big Ba' Heid Strikes Again
Why me? Is this guy wi the big ba' heid and sticky-oot ears following me around?
And now the play has started you must remember I am viewing the action through his lugs when he turns to the side, and drawing by the dim illumination of a fire escape light.
"...The actors are at hand; and, by their show,
You shall know all, that you are like to know."
A very creative touch to have all the tradesmen wearing dungarees:
The Rude Mechanicals
Snug, Quince, Starveling, Snout, Flute, Bottom.
Then here's the two young ladies in love with the same man:
Hermia and Helena
These two were excellent, even playing out a very realistic cat-fight on stage!
And, although the play is set in early Greece the costumes were more Arabian but still very good for all that.
But..."The course of true love never did run smooth":
Lysander and Hermia
Hermia arguing with Lysander and eventually throwing herself at his feet.
Bottom was absolutely brilliant with a perfectly glaiket face and daft expression:
If ever I could remember any lines and got the chance to act in this play then I would most likely be cast as Bottom...overly enthusiastic, wanting to play all the parts, always falling in love with dangerous women, and a bit of an ass...
But what is this?:
Cobweb and Mustardseed
"Over hill, over dale, Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over Park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen.."
These two wee lassies were just terrific!
And, of course, the second best joke in the play is when Bottom it turned into a donkey which Titania falls in love with:
The fairies tie this brilliant donkey-head hat onto Bottom's head (wish I could get a hat like that - I'm sure it would suit me). Then Titania falls asleep with him on her woodland bower.
But the very best part of the evening was the acting of this young lad as Flute, the Bellows Mender who is made to play the part of Thisby in their own play-within-a-play:
"Nay, faith, let not me play a woman...I have a beard coming".
With a wig of wild shocking red hair, his lips plastered with bright red lipstick, and wearing a dress over his dungarees and wellington boots this guy was hilarious, although as he went on his words grew higher in pitch until he sounded more like Madge Simpson or Miss Piggy from the Muppets!
A brilliant evening which sent us out into the summer night feeling good and smiling :o)))