A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Gatecrash Theatre

Swindon based Gatecrash Theatre are returning to the Swindon Arts Centre this week with an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We spoke with Natasha from Gatecrash to find out more about the production, the task of adapting Shakespeare in 2017 and what you can expect from the production. Read the chat below.

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Hi Natasha, Thank you very much for your time, we are really looking forward to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. What can audiences expect from A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

A magical feast, a bohemian adventure of love and light!

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It’s a huge testament to Shakespeare’s writing that it is re staged and performed throughout the world but What are the challenges / opportunities of staging Shakespeare?

The greatest challenge is making the language seem relevant and digestible to everyone in the audience – making it make sense! But at the same time this is the greatest opportunity. The rich comedy and beauty of the language is what makes performing Shakespeare so amazing. Once you crack the language and the actors begin to bring this story to life, it’s such a joy to listen to and watch – I love the Bard!

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Where is the show set and for anyone unfamiliar with the text, what is the story?

Well Midsummer Nights Dream tells the tale of 3 different worlds weaving in and out of each other in a beguiling and fantastic way. We are certainly doing that but unlike a traditional interpretation, our tale takes place during a musical festival with the Theseus and Hippolyta getting hitched in the vegas field and the fairies making mischief and beauty out of all the things they find. One of the main concepts for the piece from a visual aspect was to recycle and reuse as much as possible so the whole thing will have a bohemian, quirky look – like the fairies have collected all the shiny things they could find and made beauty and light from them. Almost the entire set has been made from recycled pallets, bits from buses and cars and an old bath!

Who are Gatecrash Theatre and how can you get involved with the company?

Gatecrash is a developmental theatre company offering training and paid opportunities to professional and aspiring actors and also those seeking a new creative hobby. We offer weekly workshops for aspiring performers who until now have had little to no experience of theatre and those seeking an opportunity to work and learn from professionals in the business, develop their craft and share their own talents.

Essentially Gatecrash is a high quality, professionally led step up from youth theatre! A support network for the artists of the future. Simple!

In order to find out more about our weekly workshops email us at gatecrashtheatre@gmail.com

What is the next show Gatecrash are working on? 

The next project will be open to Gatecrash Evolve members alone. This project is an opportunity for members to implement the skills they have learnt and developed in their own performance. The company will direct, design, perform and even potentially write their own piece for performance. Directors, designers and performers will receive support from a professional throughout the performance project’s development. Rehearsals will be outside of weekly workshops at evenings and weekends, as agreed within the company.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be at the Swindon Arts Centre from Fri 28 to Sun 30 July with a Relaxed Performance on Sat 29 July at 2.30pm

For more information and to buy tickets please visit: http://bit.ly/2taHxbq

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