A Midsummer Night's Dream

Date 11th May 2019
Society Horncastle Theatre Company
Venue The Lion Theatre, Horncastle
Type of Production Play
Director Sheena Liversidge
Assistant Directors Gail Hinkins & Theresa Swinson
Choreographer Erin Coney


Author: Peter Breach

Show report – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This production was an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play which he wrote in 1601 -1602; it was performed by Horncastle Young Stagers, whose ages range from 7 to 11 years, in the Lion Theatre which seats approximately 100 persons. Firstly I was very impressed by the disciplined manner in which the cast of some 40 young players entered and exited the relatively small stage.   There was no pushing or shoving as the players took up their appointed positions. There was strong evidence of rehearsal time having been put to good use as the players were focused on their actions and words.

Considering the differences in size and age of players, lines were delivered clearly and with confidence. It was heartening to see much trouble had been taken with the application of make-up and the fitting of costumes, for I believe these things help tremendously to boost self-esteem, especially in young actors.

The sets were cleverly designed and attractively displayed with a good lighting plan; the forest scene was a blaze of colour and had the appearance of a location in which magical happenings could take place!

This was a highly entertaining show, congratulations to all who were involved.