A Midsummer Nights' Dream is a complex contraption that involves two couples (Hermia & Lysander and Helene & Demetrius) whose romantic cross-purposes are complicated further by their entrance into the play's fairyland woods. This is where the King and Queen of the Fairies (Oberon and Titania) preside and the impish folk character of Puck, or Robin Goodfellow, plies his trade.
Another set of characters, Bottom the weaver and his bumptious band of "rude mechanicals" stumble into the main doings when they go into the same enchanted woods to rehearse a play that is very loosely (and comically) based on the myth of Pyramus and Thisbe, their hilarious home-spun piece taking up Act V of Shakespeare's comedy.
Newstead College's production is set in the 1960s, a decade that reflects the play's thems of love, war, dreams and the desire for freedom and power.Visit Website
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