A Midsummer Night's Dream (2012): Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
PrA Midsummer Night's Dream (2012)
CAST INCLUDED: Roisin Gallagher (Helena); Flavia Gusmao (Titania); Kevin Mains (Lysander); Ifan Meredith (Oberon); Anneika Rose (Hermia); Cath Whitefield (Puck); Miles Yekinni (Demetrius); Jordan Young (Bottom).
This production ran from 22 October - 17 November 2012. Production information taken from Theatre Record; may be incomplete.
"This particular Midsummer Night's Dream is set in the depths of winter: fairies in white toss snowflakes into the air, the 'rude mechanicals' huddle in their overcoats and, at moments of great tension, blizzards blow up. To prove their metal in front of Helena, rivals Demetrius and Lysander strip down to their bare chests in a feat of icy endurance. It's an idea that minimises the play's sense of feverish midsummer madness, but replaces it with a vision of rebirth and renewal. With the return of sanity comes spring flowers pushing through the frozen stage and the promise of a fertile future....Despite these arresting ideas - often realised with striking beauty on Kai Fischer's set - the production scores less well in making you care about the lovers. Dressed in primary colours, like extras from a 1970s sci-fi series, they do better at comedy than romance. Because we don't fall in love with them ourselves, their eventual union carries no special frisson." ~ Mark Fisher, The Guardian, 24 October 2012
"Colour defines the three distinct worlds of this play. Thus we have the rather spoilt, romantically befuddled quartet of young Athenians expressing their unruly passions in snowsuits so tonally bright they would blind the Teletubbies; the schism within Oberon and Titania's fairy realm rendered in stark black and white; and the mechanicals knocking about in functional browns." ~ Alan Morrison, Sunday Herald, 28 October 2012, in Theatre Record 2012, Issue 22