A Midsummer’s Nights Dream Review

A Midsummer’s Nights Dream Review

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All in all I believe the play was good. However I think it would have been better if we had studied the play in detail prior to our visit to the theatre. This meant it was quite difficult to understand, although the actors were mostly good at getting messages across.
Another issue I thought was that the child actors weren’t prepared enough; many were doing the wrong moves throughout the performance and when they spoke from our seats we could hardly hear them. We felt in some segments of the play the actors were trying too hard to get laughs which took the comedy out of it: forcing jokes. However, this was only a small portion of the play, jokes, slapstick and comedy in general was of high standards, especially Puck!

An additional fault Ciara and I noted was how the play seemed to drag on in the last scene before the interval. It was a hot day, hence minuets felt eternities, causing us to fidget and shuffle in our seats. In the second half the play began to pick up considerably and became far more engaging and amusing.
We both loved the set and the use of everything on it. They used it in many diverse, creative and imaginative ways. I personally loved the way the producer interpreted Shakespeare’s work, giving the characters a modern feel, whereas also keeping the Shakespearean core.
The actors presenting the play were extraordinary at their jobs and portrayed their characters exceptionally well.

We rate this play    8.5 - 10

Will Lloyd and Ciara Henneke

Independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18 in Somerset