What a true delight to have welcomed back the Young Shakespeare Company to school this week. Year 6 were inspired by the performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

‘Highly comical while being educational’.
‘It was interactive which added to the fun and understanding of the play’.
‘A great way of learning about the culture surrounding Shakespeare and that he produced comedy not just serious plays’.

First performed around 1596, Shakespeare’s comic fantasy of four lovers who find themselves bewitched by fairies is a sly reckoning with love, jealousy and marriage. In a magical and mysterious wood outside Athens, an argument has broken out between Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the Fairies. The same night, Lysander and Hermia run away into the woods to get married, followed by the jealous Demetrius and the besotted Helena. So when Bottom, the Weaver, and his hapless friends from the market square turn up for a night-time rehearsal of their play, the scene is set for a sequence of hilarious confusions.

The play was brought vividly to life around and among the children, at times including the whole audience to create the scenes set in a bustling Athenian market and the wood full of mysterious fairies and sprites. The performance concluded with the mechanicals’ side-splitting rendition of Pyramus and Thisbe.

Mrs Ayub