Thursday, 8 July 2010

The Dream

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
Expletive deleted.
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...
he-haw, he-haw!!!

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)))


Melinda said...

Magnificent sketches, David. Simply magnificent. Honestly, you really should arise each day with a smile on your face, glance at your work, and beam with pride.

Egads the "ba heided" again! I think in this you are cursed... ;0

This is one of your finest posts, too. I felt as though I was there enjoying the wonderful acting and re-living my own watching of the play years ago.

I don't know how you can draw so well in the dark with "ba heid" man and actors not holding still. You could certainly school me on this.

A tip of my cerulean blue hat to you, sir!

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Can I have your hat when you are finished with it?

It's like most things, Melinda, when you do it all the time it becomes second nature and you no longer think of it as being special. I am thrilled you think it special and would love to give you individual instructions:
1. When you go anywhere take a small sketchpad with you.
2. Don'f forget your pencil.
3. See the action and draw what you see.
4. Make up what you don't see.
5. Post it on the internet and impress your friends.
6. Blush with embarassment that it's so simple.
7. Hope that you don't get found out.

So, now you have no excuses, get on with it!

ps: still can't stop thinking about you playing blues guitar - absolutely wonderful. My hero (sigh).

my croft said...

What ho, my lord, no Oberon? Oberon who is given one of the most beautiful (to my ears) speeches in all drama (albeit one that sets up a meanspirited trick):

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell'd skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in...

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Indeed, Melanie.

You may also have noticed that there is no Robin Goodfellow?

"I go, I go, look how I go,
Swifter than arrow from the Tartar's bow

Sometimes I just listen and don't draw.

Melinda said...

I hereby magically transport through the ethers the artist/musician's cerulean blue hat. As you will notice, it is just the shape you imagined and just the right size. It will impart a calm and steadfast confidence with the brush and the mandolin. You'll see.

Your instructions are perfect. I'm going to try them, if they ever let me out of this asylum...

Perhaps you'll be inspired to post some of your music again someday. Hint, hint.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

I've now got the hat on and somehow feel different - it's magic...I can do ANYTHING!

But if you leave the asylum who will I talk to? (apart from the other voices in my head).

You're such a hard act to follow, but one day when I find my plectrum I may indeed subject...I mean entertain you to some plink-plonk on my mandolin.

Celeste Bergin said...

gadzooks, what good drawings.

.." Post it on the internet and impress your friends".

uh, yep. that is correct.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Thanks Celeste - you did ask for more drawings and I am always happy to oblige!