‘A bold & exciting interpretation’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Wilton’s Music Hall

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Wilton’s Music Hall, London – until 14 July 2018
By an anonymous guest critic

Wilton’s Music hall is dressed beautifully by Eleanor Field with a minimalist, grey tone design and little set. This is The Faction’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring an ensemble of seven actors playing all the parts.

A difficult task to some, however director Mark Leipacher cleverly uses Ben Jacob’s lighting design to shift locations on this simplistic set. The cast is dressed in modern day clothing and neutral colours, making it initially difficult to place the setting of the play and engage with the opening scenes. Though the text is handled wonderfully, you begin to question if this is the entire concept of the evening’s production.

Nonetheless, the energy is quickly found with the lovers – Laura Evelyn provides constant comedy with her clumsy mannerisms as Helena, which is beautifully contrasted by Lowri Izzard’s fierce Hermia. Alongside their male companions, the audience is quick to be enchanted by their journey that’s often interrupted by intelligent movement sequences created by Richard James-Neale.

The play’s true essence is found in the second act. Christopher Hughes brings absolute magic to the role of Bottom, which has the audience in fits of hysterics that climax as the performers act out ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’.

The Faction celebrates its tenth birthday this year and this is a brilliant production to celebrate it with – a bold and exciting take on a well-known play guaranteed to leave you entertained.

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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.
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Laura Kressly on Twitter
Laura Kressly
Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.