I said i’d give this reviewing thing a go whenever I saw some Shakespeare, so here we go…
I sat down to watch Propeller’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream again on Saturday night in Salford. First off, the theatre is massive. I was told they averaged audiences of about 1200 a night and it wasn’t a sell out. I was sat in the upper circle and actually had an amazing view. It was nice to see more of an overall picture of the show this time round.
A lot of what I said about my previous visit still rings true.
Joe Chance’s Puck was still perfect. If it is even possible for it to be true I would go so far as to say he was better then last time.
Matthew Pearson is still a wonderfully grumpy moonshine (Starveling), Lewis Hart is still killing it as wall (Snout), Matthew McPherson has made lion (Snug) even more of a scene stealer, David Acton is perfect as Quince (i’m still excited about the glasses! :)) and Alasdair Craig is possibly the most perfect Thisbe (Flute), his timing could not be more spot on. The guy is a comedy genius.
I love how much Matthew McPherson has grown into the part of Hermia. It feels much more natural now then it did and i’m so happy about it.
Arthur Wilson and Richard Pepper as Demetrius and Lysander have decided to upstage Helena and Hermia’s fight by sharing a moment. It’s evolved somewhat since the last time I saw it and I look forward to seeing if it keeps doing so.
Will Featherstone is wonderful as Hippolyta which is, lets be honest, not the easiest part to make interesting and his fairy (I want to say Cobweb? I’m rubbish at remembering which fairy is which) is incredibly funny. All 4 of Titania’s named fairies are. Its nice to see such individual characters from them.
To sum up, everyone is brilliant, everything is funny and the whole world should go see Propeller.
This is less a review and more a long winded ‘OMG they’re awesome!’ post. Sorry about that. In my defense though, I did say I was bad a reviews.