“WHAT ANGEL WAKES ME FROM MY FLOWERY BED?”
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Split Second Productions, Blenheim
********* So here’s the thing…
I’m not a huge lover of Shakespeare and if truth be known, I’d have rather stayed under my duvet this morning.
But the 10.00am start of ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’ by Split Second Productions (a group set up by actors training at Guildford School of Acting) meant forsaking such cosiness for rain, wind and grey clouds instead.
Understandably then, I wasn’t a happy bunny.
But come 10.08am…well, I was.
It’s not often I’ll admit I’m wrong but today I’ll flag it on Facebook. The 90-minute staging of the production had only aroused my interest in as much as it was being performed in Blenheim’s Orangery, which I thought might prove intriguing. Instead, ‘intriguing’ went straight out the window and ‘Wow!’ flew in.
‘Wow!’ might seem a tad simplimistic for an appraisal of this classic comedy, but for me it fits.
The surprise/twist opening was not only brilliantly conceived (and no, I won’t reveal it) but the wonderful, refreshing knee-jerk appreciation it triggered maintained its momentum throughout.
The performances were all spot-on, the humour sharp and impishly observed, and at its end I could have happily ordered ‘seconds’.
Seriously, what else do you need to know?
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