Our youngest members of The Tinderbox Youth Theatre, the Infants, are putting on their very own version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream during our Outdoor Shakespeare Festival (Sat 30th June and Sun 1st July).
The performing of the play is pinned around the story telling of the narrators. It is a funny yet confusing story about 4 lovers who are tricked by Puck, a mischievous fairy. The audience will be guided through the story by 21 young actors who will each narrate section.
However, we thought that our very imaginative young actors could be far more creative than that! So in between each narrative section, the children, taking on the character roles from the story, will act out a scene.
But we didn’t leave it there! Oh no. During our weekly rehearsals, the children will devise (make up) the scenes; they will create their own dialogue and actions (with a guiding hand from myself and their fellow actors). As is the nature of a rehearsal process, not all children will rehearse their scene every week. But eventually, everybody will have created a scene they will be proud of.
The pressure of memorising many, many lines from a script disappears because the children have thought of their own words. They will also have a greater understanding of the story because the children have put themselves into their character’s shoes.
So you may never have heard of a Shakespeare play where Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons, has prepared a wedding feast of pizza and chicken nuggets! Well, not until now!