2018 Production will be Midsummer Night's Dream
Dates and venues for the productions are shown below and will be updated as they are confirmed.
Performances start at 7:30pm, unless shown otherwise.
For photos of the production in rehearsal, click here.
||Hill Farm House, Droxford Road, Swanmore, SO32 2PY *
|Saturday, 21st July,
||The Rowans Hospice, Purbrook, PO7 5RU
||Lepe Country Park, Calshot, SO45 1AD ** (6pm start)
|Wednesday, 25th July, 2018
|c17th Village, Grange Farm, Howe Road, Gosport, PO13 8AB
|Thursday, 26th July, 2018
||c17th Village, Grange Farm, Howe Road, Gosport, PO13 8AB
|Friday, 27th July, 2018
||c17th Village, Grange Farm, Howe Road, Gosport, PO13 8AB
|Saturday, 28th July,
||Nicholson Gardens, Strathmore Road, Gosport, PO12 1JU
|Sunday, 29th July,
2018||The Old Vicarage, Washington,West Sussex, RH20 4AS (2pm start)|
prices for 2018 are; £7.00 for adults,
£5.00 Concessions, £20.00 Families (2adults, 2 children). For
tickets, please call 023 9234 5346 or email us.
for Swanmore will be priced separately. Contact 07803 299973 for details.
** Tickets for Calshot will be priced separately. See here for booking information. Performance starts at 6pm.Doors
open at 6:00pm for 7:30 pm performances.
of the play courtesy of Wikipedia
some of Shakespeare's male characters are female in our play)
play consists of four interconnecting plots, connected by a celebration
of the wedding of Duke Theseus of Athens and the Amazon queen,
Hippolyta, which is set simultaneously in the woodland and in the realm
of Fairyland, under the light of the moon.
The play opens with
Hermia, who is in love with Lysander, resistant to her father Egeus'
demand that she wed Demetrius, whom he has arranged for her to marry.
Helena meanwhile pines unrequitedly for Demetrius. Enraged, Egeus
invokes an ancient Athenian law before Duke Theseus, whereby a daughter
needs to marry a suitor chosen by her father, or else face death.
Theseus offers her another choice: lifelong chastity while worshipping
the goddess Artemis as a nun.
Peter Quince and his fellow
players Nick Bottom, Francis Flute, Robin Starveling, Tom Snout, and
Snug plan to put on a play for the wedding of the Duke and the Queen,
"the most lamentable comedy and most cruel death of Pyramus and
Thisbe." Quince reads the names of characters and bestows them on the
players. Nick Bottom, who is playing the main role of Pyramus, is
over-enthusiastic and wants to dominate others by suggesting himself
for the characters of Thisbe, the Lion, and Pyramus at the same time.
He would also rather be a tyrant and recites some lines of Ercles.
Bottom is told by Quince that he would do the Lion so terribly as to
frighten the duchess and ladies enough for the Duke and Lords to have
the players hanged. Quince ends the meeting with "at the Duke's oak we
In a parallel plot line, Oberon, king of the fairies, and
Titania, his queen, have come to the forest outside Athens. Titania
tells Oberon that she plans to stay there until she has attended
Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding. Oberon and Titania are estranged
because Titania refuses to give her Indian changeling to Oberon for use
as his "knight" or "henchman," since the child's mother was one of
Titania's worshippers. Oberon seeks to punish Titania's disobedience.
He calls upon Robin "Puck" Goodfellow, his "shrewd and knavish sprite,"
to help him concoct a magical juice derived from a flower called
"love-in-idleness," which turns from white to purple when struck by
Cupid's arrow. When the concoction is applied to the eyelids of a
sleeping person, that person, upon waking, falls in love with the first
living thing he perceives. He instructs Puck to retrieve the flower
with the hope that he might make Titania fall in love with an animal of
the forest and thereby shame her into giving up the little Indian boy.
He says, "And ere I take this charm from off her sight,/As I can take
it with another herb,/I'll make her render up her page to me."
and Lysander have escaped to the same forest in hopes of eloping.
Helena, desperate to reclaim Demetrius's love, tells Demetrius about
the plan and he follows them in hopes of killing Lysander. Helena
continually makes advances towards Demetrius, promising to love him
more than Hermia. However, he rebuffs her with cruel insults against
her. Observing this, Oberon orders Puck to spread some of the magical
juice from the flower on the eyelids of the young Athenian man.
Instead, Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius, not having actually seen
either before, and administers the juice to the sleeping Lysander.
Helena, coming across him, wakes him while attempting to determine
whether he is dead or asleep. Upon this happening, Lysander immediately
falls in love with Helena. Oberon sees Demetrius still following Hermia
and is enraged. When Demetrius goes to sleep, Oberon sends Puck to get
Helena while he charms Demetrius' eyes. Upon waking up, he sees Helena.
Now, both men are in pursuit of Helena. However, she is convinced that
her two suitors are mocking her, as neither loved her originally.
Hermia is at a loss to see why her lover has abandoned her, and accuses
Helena of stealing Lysander away from her. The four quarrel with each
other until Lysander and Demetrius become so enraged that they seek a
place to duel to prove whose love for Helena is the greater. Oberon
orders Puck to keep Lysander and Demetrius from catching up with one
another and to remove the charm from Lysander so Lysander can return to
love Hermia, while Demetrius continues to love Helena.
Quince and his band of six labourers ("rude mechanicals," as they are
described by Puck) have arranged to perform their play about Pyramus
and Thisbe for Theseus' wedding and venture into the forest, near
Titania's bower, for their rehearsal. Bottom is spotted by Puck, who
(taking his name to be another word for a jackass) transforms his head
into that of a donkey. When Bottom returns for his next lines, the
other workmen run screaming in terror: They claim that they are
haunted, much to Bottom's confusion. Determined to await his friends,
he begins to sing to himself. Titania, having received the love-potion,
is awakened by Bottom's singing and immediately falls in love with him.
She lavishes him with the attention of her and her fairies, and while
she is in this state of devotion, Oberon takes the changeling. Having
achieved his goals, Oberon releases Titania, orders Puck to remove the
donkey's head from Bottom, and arranges everything so Helena, Hermia,
Demetrius and Lysander will all believe they have been dreaming when
they awaken. Puck distracts Lysander and Demetrius from fighting over
Helena's love by mimicking their voices and leading them apart.
Eventually, all four find themselves separately falling asleep in the
glade. Once they fall asleep, Puck administers the love potion to
Lysander again, claiming all will be well in the morning.
fairies then disappear, and Theseus and Hippolyta arrive on the scene,
during an early morning hunt. They wake the lovers and, since Demetrius
no longer loves Hermia, Theseus over-rules Egeus's demands and arranges
a group wedding. The lovers decide that the night's events must have
been a dream. After they exit, Bottom awakes, and he too decides that
he must have experienced a dream "past the wit of man."
Athens, Theseus, Hippolyta and the lovers watch the six workmen perform
Pyramus and Thisbe. The performers are so terrible playing their roles
that the guests laugh as if it were meant to be a comedy, and everyone
retires to bed. Afterwards, Oberon, Titania, Puck, and other fairies
enter, and bless the house and its occupants with good fortune. After
all the other characters leave, Puck "restores amends" and suggests
that what the audience experienced might just be a dream.