Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Bard in the Botanics

3rd July 2015, 7.30pm

4 Stars (4 / 5)


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There is no more beautiful setting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream than The Botanic Gardens. The scene is set before the play has even begun, with fairies hiding in the bushes a tense moment ensues between the best of friends.

As a closeted romantic hiding behind a bitter exterior this play is one of my favourites. The cast of five playing ten characters have a hard task ahead, in particular Josh Whitelaw, who often delivers his own cue lines, jumping from playing Demetrius to Oberon with no break in between. The female actors portray their characters as strong, powerful women with wit and determination to be happy, something that can be lacking in Shakespeare.

Light hearted, full of hope and passion; but on top of all this – truly funny. The actors are enjoying themselves and that draws the audience into the story even more. “The course of true love never did run smooth” but this production does make it hilarious to watch.