Dormer House School premiere their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chipping Norton Theatre this Thursday (28th June at 4pm and 7pm) ahead of their appearance at the Dell at the RSC on Saturday, 7th July.
The school’s production is a re-imagined 1960s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s text remains but edited to an hour. This is Shakespeare by children for children and their families, a perfect introduction to a world of magic, mayhem and mischief.
Emily Scates, Dormer’s Drama Teacher, said: “The joy of working with a young cast is that storytelling and role play are already at the heart of their lives. Titania and Oberon’s dens have been made in the playground, Puck’s love-in-idleness potion has been concocted in our school garden. This play fuels curiosity and imagination, come along and be part of the magic.”
This is the 5th Shakespeare production produced by Dormer House, they strive to produce all 37 plays!
Emily continues, “We are delighted to be the only school to have been selected to perform at The Dell. The children are very excited about breathing life into words written over 400 years ago.”
Dormer House are very fortunate to benefit from the input of two eminent custodians of Shakespeare’s work who are both Trustees at Dormer and are involved in the school’s annual Shakespeare Day.
Carol Chillington Rutter, is Professor of Shakespeare and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, she tells us, “It’s always a joy to watch our young people engaging with Shakespeare. And especially in this play, which isn’t just about midnight mayhem and fairy magic. It’s about headstrong daughters and stubborn fathers; about the glorious insanity of being in love and about the transformational capacity of the human imagination — it’s about real life. And in the performances of our children, this play simply sails.”
Nic Fulcher is Chair of Trustees at Dormer, and Project Manager of New Place, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust. “I am delighted that Dormer House School will be building on its success in performing the plays of William Shakespeare with a new production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, which is to be presented at both the Chipping Norton Theatre and The Dell, Stratford-upon-Avon. The play is a glorious celebration of the powers of the human imagination and makes great comic capital from human nature – especially when love and magic are at work! Activities like this are so important to the philosophy of the school in treating children as individuals to realise their full potential. I’m sure our version will bring out all of the play’s subtlety, charm and wit and showcase the immense talent of all those involved both on-stage and behind the scenes.’