And I really do like it, if the song on the trailer is anything to go by the production will be beautiful…
A summer garden party played out in slow motion to Marling’s acoustic soundtrack (listen out for this song in Act V Scene II) – encapsulating all that I love about this play – the feeling of carnivalesque liberation away from court, a summertime of hedonistic joy and love discovered in the wilderness.
‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’ (Lysander, Act I, Scene i)
Puppets have been in vogue for ‘grown-up’ theatre since War Horse stormed the National Theatre and Handspring Puppet Company are back with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bristol Old Vic. From Michael Morpurgo’s moving children’s tale to Shakespeare’s carnivalesque comedy, Handspring had much to live up to following their sell-out triumph in the West End.
With gleeful comedy and playful acting, the company carried the production on a raucously funny and rude ride from the Mechanicals intermingling with the audience pre-show to lovers tiffs that blossomed into full-blown play-fights. It was a mischievous, dream world of wild love and magical enterprise.