Prancing round like fairies wearing white unitards

15 11 2013

A Midsummer Nights Dream Propeller

It has been a very cultured week for me. Following my attendance at an opera on Tuesday tonight was Shakespearean comedy at the Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford.

The tickets were a birthday present from my husband who escorted me on my second theatre outing of the week and I think it is safe to say that I was more excited about the experience than he was. I have wanted to see Propeller Theatre Company in action for some time and having recently directed my own version of The Dream it was a welcome opportunity to see how the professionals approached one of the Bard’s most enduring comedies.

Hubby is not a theatre fan.

He is most definitely not a Shakespeare fan.

Had I any reservations about his response to the production or lingering hope that he would find it an enjoyable experience – any hope was crushed within moments of entering the auditorium. The pre-set featured a box draped with white cloth and netting adoring the backdrop. There were also a number of the actors scattered round the performance space wearing plain white unitards. A sideways glance confirmed that he was not impressed however this was nothing compared to the look of horror in the opening ensemble section which featured the coming together of the all male cast in a glorious display of graceful Elizabethan dancing accompanied by the sweet sound of close harmony as they performed a fairy song.

For what it is worth, I throughly enjoyed the experience and thought it was a fantastic production.

However ,I think I may owe my other half a cinema trip to see Thor in the very immediate future!

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