Went to see Propeller’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Saturday evening in High Wycombe (it was the second smallest audience of the tour so far apparently - not that, that made any difference to them, I hear they once performed for 13 people).
And guys? It was brilliant. There was a section in the second act during which I couldn’t feel my face I was laughing so much. I laughed a lot throughout, but that section nearly killed me (if you know the play, you probably know which part i’m talking about).
It was fun and full of magic and just wonderful to see after 2 disappointing versions recently.
Joe Chance’s Puck was perfect and I have nothing else to say on the subject (although if you want to talk about it, I could probably keep you busy for hours discussing Puck).
The Mechanicals were so well cast. Matthew Pearson made a wonderfully grumpy moonshine (Starveling), Lewis Hart a hilarious wall (Snout) (complete with duck), Matthew McPherson a lovely timid lion (Snug), David Acton had perfectly judged frustration as Quince (with glasses! :)) and Alasdair Craig a brilliantly fiery Thisbe (Flute), and Chris Myles? Well he’s clearly been waiting for his chance to play Bottom and he’s doing a fabulous job.
Dan Wheeler is again bringing the sass as a wonderful Helena (and loving it).
I could go on forever and say lovely things about the entire cast. They all deserve every ounce of praise they are getting and will continue to get throughout this tour. I can’t wait to see their Comedy of Errors.
If they’re coming anywhere near you then go see them. If they’re not coming anywhere near you, travel somewhere to see them. Its worth it.
Also, during the interval of Dream they are doing their customary sing song to raise money for charity. This year they are collecting for Jeans for Genes (http://www.jeansforgenesday.org/) whilst singing in their underwear.