Fast quick moving – stupendous – 50s song – the apocalypse – nuclear smoke and Oberon wearing a gas mask. Titania with the sweetest voice rendering ‘Summertime’. Words can hardly keep up in describing this fast moving production! Modern Shakespeare adaptations aren’t usually to everyone’s taste, but this tremendous short-cut to the heart of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ could be an exception. A versatile, large and most talented cast of young Irish actors and singers puts this exaggerated, speeded-up version on stage with some flamboyance. Just one hour long, it still contains all the essential threads of the original play. And Puck played by a grumpy Irish man? That is what Shakespeare must have thought of when he created the part!
Paradise in St Augustine’s , 4-27 Aug (not 13, 20), 4.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Veronika Kallus]