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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (article first published : 2007-08-23)

The Actors Co-operative’s next theatrical undertaking will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented in association with the newly-formed Shakespeare Incorporated.

William Shakespeare’s most popular play - a farcical comedy revolving around teenage love, filled as it is with magic and poetry, melodrama and fantasy - is a centuries old sure-fire winner. Immediately loved by all who see it, from first time play-goers to the most hardened theatrical veterans, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is perfect entertainment. It invokes warm hearted nostalgia in adults, reminding them of the beauty and innocence of first love. It fills young girls’ imaginations with the thrill of faerie magic and handsome young men fighting over the hearts of beautiful maidens, and excites wicked young boys with its fall-about slap-stick comedy, where fools are turned into donkeys.

Award-winning director Garth Anderson, who will be at the helm of the production, says he fell in love with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, when he first saw it as a very young child in the early 60s.

Not only Durban’s most exciting theatrical event in 2007, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is also an innovative educational experience. An exciting facet to the production is the addition to the Co-op’s vibrant company of a group of young scholars who will rehearse and perform as work-experience students alongside the professional actors to gain much needed practical theatrical know-how.

Leading this talented bunch of learners will be gifted actor Ben Bruzas, who was discovered when he auditioned for Hamlet earlier this year. Ben will play the mischievous Puck, instigator of all the comic mayhem in “The Dream”, as it is fondly known in the theatre industry.

A stellar cast of actors led Adam Doré, Danielle Perlman, Brett Kyle, Rory Booth and Raeesa Abdul-Karrim, will bring the Bard’s most produced play to vibrant life. Also in the cast will be Alastair Corky Coldwell, who played in Mark Hawkins’ and Garth Anderson’s Ballet Theatre Afrikan version of “The Dream” in Johannesburg last November, as well as NJ Sithole, Sasha de Marigny and Cohen Johnstone.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed al fresco, under sparkling skies in the beautiful Durban Botanic Gardens. It will inaugurate the Gardens’ long awaited new open air theatre.

Special daytime schools’ performances at 10h00 will be presented on weekdays only from September 10 to 13. Public performances will be held from September 17 to 29 nightly at 18h00, with no performances on Sundays.

To book tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, call the Actors Co-operative’s Booking Line 084 422 1422. Remember the play will be presented in the Open Air, so insect-repellent is a must. For comfort, bring picnic rugs and cushions, and maybe deck chairs for the older people in the party.

More information from The Actors Co-operative on 083 778 1507.




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