Rose Playhouse, London – until 26 August 2017
Reality Rating: 4/5
Fidget Factor: 0.4
Puts the Fun in Fun Fair and Dream Upon A Midsummer Night … Unfolds Theatre reignite the magic, menace and mischief of Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Set in the arena of a carnival, the audience are propositioned with hula hoop competitions, pin the tail on the donkey (an appropriate addition) and dazzled by card tricks. By the beginning of the show, the audience are relaxed, laughing and engaging with one another – the perfect atmosphere for this fun, loving tale.
Rhiannon Sommers is wildly comical, performing with endless facial expressions for her fabulously outrageous portrayal of Bottom. Clark Alexander makes a demanding, fierce Demetrius, which brilliantly opposes his later, high pitched screeches for Thisby.
Often the less interesting part of the play, Unfold Theatre have made scenes between Hermia, Helena and the boys the funniest parts of the production, with intense energy and great comical flow. Although the cockfighting between Demetrius and Leander does become a little distracting during Hermia and Helena’s argument. No part of the play is rushed or dropped, each ounce of Shakespeare is given the necessary attention and time, even milked every so often to the audience’s delight.
Isabella Van Braeckel has created a set of vivid, colourful costumes for fairy land. Cleverly constructing, an ass-headed waste coat for Bottom’s transformation, which doesn’t hide Sommer’s shape shifting face. The entire playhouse is lit up by colourful lights, which creates a beautiful reflection in the water of the carnival set.
If you’re a fan of Bottom and Puck, this Midsummers nights dream is a must see! 90 minutes of upbeat raucous entertainment.
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▦ Photos – Courtesy of Kathy Travelyan
Time: 90 Minutes
Running: 1 AUG 17 ► 26 AUG 17
♥ Thank you to Pepe for the invite