Paston College’s Shakespeare play 1980s style goes on the road

Paston Sixth Form College's nationally acclaimed Far East Theatre Company is take to the road this summer with its production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, following a sell-out run at the North Walsham college before Christmas.

Directed by Mandy McKenna, the production is set in the 1980s with new romantic fairies, Sloane Ranger lovers and guest appearances by Charles and Diana, Madonna and Adam Ant.

She explained: 'The 80s were all about display. Different social groups had their own looks, sources of entertainment and ways of behaving.

'Shakespeare does something very similar in the play where he brings together these different groups - the court characters, rude mechanicals, fairies and lovers – and creates wonderful comedy from their interaction.'

The show is fun, fast-paced with and features lots of great 80s music and dance.


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A Midsummer Night's Dream will play, in a promenade performance, at Mannington Hall Gardens at 7pm on Thursday July 7 with audiences invited to bring a rug and picnic from 5pm.

Different scenes will be performed in different parts of the garden. The show can be seen the following night at 7.30pm at Whiffler Theatre in the Castle Moat, Norwich as part of the Lord Mayor's Celebrations. Tickets available on the gates or from the box office. Tel: 01692 402334

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The production will also tour to high schools in Norfolk: Framingham Earl, Acle, Lynn Grove (Gorleston), Stalham and Broadland High Schools.

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