A Midsummer Night’s Dream February / March 2022

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Anne Manchester

This, the Troupe’s 26th annual Shakespeare production, will be performed as Bard in the Yard in the Muritai School Yard, Eastbourne, at 7:30 pm February 24, 25 & 26 and March 3, 4 & 5.

If it’s fine we will be outside – so wrap up well because it can get chilly. If it’s wet we will move inside to the floor of the adjacent school hall.

Because of Covid-19 audience numbers will be reduced to 50 per night – so come early and book soon. Sorry – we will not be able to serve our usual drinks or any food. Please be ready to show your vaccine pass and remember to wear a mask throughout the show.

Tickets are now available from Eventfinda and will soon also be available in Eastbourne from Artisan Co-op Store, 8 Rimu Street (open 10 – 4 daily).

Prices: $18 adults, $14 concessions and Troupe members; $12 school children. (Booking fees may apply for purchase through Eventfinda)

About the Play

Director Anne Manchester is revisiting A Midsummer Night’s Dream for this year’s Bard in the Yard, which the troupe first put on 14 years ago with Florence McFarlane directing.

This time Florence plays the first fairy in a cast that is an “exciting mix of new talent and experienced hands,” which Anne calls the essence of community theatre. “They are a talented bunch, creative and really committed. We are having great fun in rehearsals.”

The play revolves around a forthcoming marriage and a conflict between four lovers but with several subplots, including forest fairies manipulating the humans’ emotions. 

Anne is giving Shakespeare’s most popular comedy a timeless setting, with some New Zealand allusions, accompanied by local performer and music teacher Merilyn Moonen, who has composed a score specially for the play, incorporating a variety of unusual instruments.

Meet the Cast

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