“Brush up your Shakespeare”
Reported by Tallulah, Katie, Eloise, Madison, Maddie, Cate-Mae, Ruby Serena, Dhvani, Tia and Mia of Year 6.
The Young Shakespeare Company came to Lyonsdown on 16th January 2015 to perform ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ The four actors played a wide variety of parts, Including Bottom, Oberon, Titania and Puck. We particularly enjoyed the audience participation as several pupils were lucky enough to be chosen to perform with the actors.
The four players were accompanied by a narrator, who explained what was happening in the various scenes, so that we could really understand and enjoy the play. She also gave us directions as to when to join in, including howling; making the sound of the power of magic and words to say.
There were many comical moments, including the ending, when a man dressed as a lady during the mechanical’s scene where they present their play: “The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thesbe.” Most of the audience were in fits of laughter at this point, with many – including some of the teachers, crying with laughter.
Another funny part was when the four lovers: Helena, Hermia, Demetrious and Lysander became confused about who they loved, due to Puck’s mischievous antics. What a midsummer muddle!
We all felt inspired by what we had seen and particularly looked forward to our visit to the Globe Theatre later in the term.
P.S.: If you’re not familiar with MSND – you really should go and see it – it’s such a treat!