A Midsummer Night’s Dream
ALISON CROOSE West Acre Summer Theatre
West Acre Summer Theatre
A ticket to see Shakespeare at West Acre is a passport to enjoy the Bard in a fresh and exhilarating guise.
Director Andy Naylor imbued the popular comedy with imagination and innovation giving the familiar work an exciting new countenance.
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Each year Shakespeare forms the mainstay of the West Acre summer season - and each year Andy Naylor stages a stimulating production which sets traditional favourites in a new light.
In this latest triumph he puts the spirits, led by Issy Huckle as Puck, in flying jacket, helmets and goggles and maximises the comedy of the comical characters in the touring players, not least Lesley Mardle as Bottom.
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Their performance of Pyramus and Thisby was both bizarre and hilarious.
As the fairies weaved their magic in a plot full of mischief-making and match-making the audience couldn't fail to be impressed by the fast-
moving production which was full of visual impact, especially the ingenious creation of the forest scene.
The high point of the performance was the consistent high standard of the acting including Matt Grist (Oberon), Katherine Shaw (Titania), Camilla Falconbridge (Hermia) Charlie Hotson (Lysander), Will Isgrove (Demetrius) and Hannah Hubbard (Helena).