Senior pupils at Pocklington School took their audiences on a very special Midsummer adventure with a modern production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The cast and crew directed by Emma Cunningham and Alan Heaven created a magical evening of entertainment as audiences were transported from a modern city environment to the enchanting world of the fairies. The court figures, (Peter Micklem-Cooper, Phillipa Cardy, Elliott Burr) were impressive as the controlling authoritarian figures in the first half and they contrasted with the fairy world led admirably by Daniel Pearse (Oberon) and Holly Green (Titania) who delivered Shakespeare’s poetry with great skill.
The fairy ensemble sang original songs composed by Paul Judge and their stunning woodland costumes designed by Cheryl White were breathtaking.
Audiences were enthralled by the energetic performances of the lovers (George Jibson, Marni Esa, Tom Baarda and Beth Roberts) and the fight scene, one of the highlights in the show, literally had audiences on the edge of their seats as the actors chased and hurled each other across the stage!
Equally impressive were the hilarious mechanicals (Billie Cheney, Hannah Brice, Josh Armitage, Alex Laing, Joe Cheney and Lawrence Mason) who had audiences roaring out loud with laughter in their final presentation of their ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’ play.
The simple but effective circular set with giant moon (designed by Steven Ryan) gave the performers a magical backdrop and versatile playing space to present their very unique Midsummer Night’s adventures!
See this week’s (3 December) Pocklington Post for more pictures from the production.