Well-fangled Theatre are proud to present a mischievous and magical retelling of Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Friargate Theatre in York from 21 to 23 July.
In a production that takes a non-traditional approach to casting, gender roles are swapped and some surprising choices made to create a show full of playfulness and intrigue. As York-based actor Patricia Jones, who plays Bottom, says of her character:
"Bottom is unique. A mixture of bravado, arrogance and humour. These are the characteristics I am trying to bring out of the character. They belong to both men and women so I don’t feel bound by any constrictions of gender."
I've approached the character as a character and am not really thinking in terms of gender but rather attempting to tell the story of this person. Accepting the words and thoughts in any given situation removes the restrictions of being a specific gender.
This is a world where the magic of Shakespeare’s play combines with a very modern take on gender, sexuality and how we perform our identity, to create a piece of theatre that is theatrically vibrant, thrillingly romantic and hilariously funny.
The production is directed by Mark France and designed by Simon Jarvis; the team behind last December’s Well-fangled production of Revenger’s Tragedy and Othello for York Shakespeare Project at York Theatre Royal in 2012.
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