A Midsummer Night's Dream

Date 8th May 2014
Society Horncastle Theatre Company
Venue Lion Theatre, Horncastle
Type of Production play
Director Wendy Ireland


Author: Anne Key-Huckerby

Adapted by Wendy and David Ireland, this well-known Shakespearian comedy posed quite a challenge to the Upstagers. This is one of the youth groups attached to the HTC, and they rose to it well. The simple set provided a central bower with blocks of varying heights to add more interest to the groupings. The old-style language doesn't sit easily in these modern days but the youthful actors coped pretty well with their lines. However, there were quite a number of prompts needed, but maybe these were due to first night nerves. Modern dress had been chosen and this was quite acceptable. Oscar Simpson [Demetrius], Adam Bradley [Lysander] along with Daisy Dale and Morgan Davies as Hermia and Helena performed very well. Tom Pavey's fun-based portrayal of Bottom was really delightful and I enjoyed Bethany Ffitch-Moye's role as Puck. Occasionally some members of the cast needed to deliver their lines more clearly, but on the whole this was a most enjoyable evening. Well done.