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QM students to perform a Midsummer Night’s Dream – Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 March

Friday 31 January 2014

A refreshing new take on Shakespeare’s well-loved Midsummer Night’s Dream is set to take the stage at QM. Sarah Chapleo, second year English and Drama student, had the idea to set the play in the 1960’s, in order to add a splash of the psychedelic to the already dream like play, with the adaptation using abridged original dialogue.  Sarah was inspired by listening to music of the 60’s and 70’s and as a result the soundtrack plays a big role in the production, with the music interweaving with the action. The performances will take place on Saturday 1 March and Sunday 2 March at 7.30pm in the Pinter Studio, based in the ArtsOne building at the Mile End Campus.

Auditions for the play were held in November, and a cast of 16 have been rehearsing for the performances that take place on Saturday 1 March and Sunday 2 March at 7.30pm in the Pinter Studio, based in the ArtsOne building on the Mile End Campus. Tickets are £3, and can be bought on the door, and all proceeds will be given to a charity, which is yet to be confirmed.

Sarah is directing the play alongside assistant director, Poppy Turner, a second year English Literature student. This is the second play Sarah has directed in her time at QM, and she is enjoying the process: ‘I am really excited about this production. I am a Shakespeare fan already and it's one of my favourite plays, but I wanted to take it in a whole new direction this time. The play will be a psychedelic explosion and a real adventure!’

The cast are made up of a combination of first, second and third year students from across QM, and for some this is their first time appearing in a QM production. Sarah was extremely happy to have such interest during auditions and the high standards exceeded her expectations. ‘The cast are incredibly talented - we keep each other on our toes. It's really coming together and I can't wait for the performance where everyone's months of hard work will have paid off.'

It is set to be a colourful and kaleidoscopic performance of a classic showcasing QM students’ talent and creativity, so don’t miss out!

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