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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (article first published : 2005-05-15)

Enjoy a crisp autumn evening under the stars in the company of Shakespeare's delicious comedy about mistaken identities, glorious wit, decadent mischievousness and hedonistic love!

The Drama and Performance Studies programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, in association with First National Bank, will present the fifth annual FNB Shakespeare Festival. Following the enormously successful productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream (2001), The Comedy of Errors (2002), Much Ado About Nothing (2002), and Romeo and Juliet last year, this year will see a production of one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, originally staged in 2001, will be given a whole new look and feel for this production which will be staged in the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre from May 17 to 28.

Directors Mervyn McMurtry and Tamar Meskin have once again produced a vibrant and accessible interpretation of the play that suggests an imagined world resonant of South Africa and its multicultural context. It is a colourful and energetic response to the cast's sense of magic, youthfulness, love, darkness, immortality, power and fun.

“Set in a fictitious multi-cultural society not much different to our own, sights and sounds of past, present and future come together in a kaleidoscopic, psychedelic experience of theatrical magic,” say the two directors. “The design and feel of the production is a fanciful marriage of the naivety of a children's playground, the magic of a carnival and the darkness of The Matrix. The setting and interpretation is completely contemporary but the language and characters remains faithful to Shakespeare's original script.”

The cast of 44 features the full spectrum of the Drama Department - from first years to MA students.

The Drama and Performance Studies programme and FNB are committed to the creation of a production of this hugely popular play that will be equally exciting, accessible and vibrant, and will delight and entertain all members of the audience.

A Midsummer Night's Dream runs from May 17 to 28 nightly at 18h00 at the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban).

Tickets R20 (R10 scholars and students) with concessions for block bookings of more than 10. For bookings or any further information, contact Claudette Wagner on 031 260 3134 between 09h00 and 13h00, weekdays.

Bookings can also be made via email wagnerc1@ukzn.ac.za or fax 031 260 1410.




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