Are you ready to start Dreaming?

Terra Nova Productions has secured European PEACE IV funding from Ards and North Down to produce a giant intercultural version of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Borough in 2018 and 2019.

We are offering free workshops in singing, dance, acting, craft and more for groups, schools and community organisations. We have also have funding to come to visit Millisle, Central Ards, Conlig, Portaferry, Scrabo, Dufferin, Whitehill and Harbour, so get in touch!  These workshops are available throughout the year long project and are designed to help people enjoy themselves, learn new skills and join an aspect of the project.

Throughout autumn 2018 and spring 2019 there will be opportunities to join a fully intercultural professional production of Shakespeare's most famous comedy.  So, what is actually happening?

Sept to December 2018 - Groups and individuals can try free taster workshops with the arts professionals working on the show (workshops on singing, dance, acting, craft and storytelling are available).  Just get in touch to find out more.

December 1 & 2, 2018 - Free intensive Drama days. Want to know more? Let us know you're interested. Location TBC but we'll probably do one in Bangor and one in Newtownards.

December 7, 8, 9, 2018 - Friendly auditions so we can find out about you and get you placed in the area that interests you.

January to March, 2018 - Meet once a week for eight weeks to rehearse like a pro in music, dance, acting, or to use your craft skills to make set decorations.

January to March, 2018 - Work with one of our skilled intercultural facilitators to explore how marriage is celebrated in your culture and work out how to add your culture's skills to the production.

February 23rd, 2019 - Want to volunteer for set, costume, make up, hair, tech or front of house work on the Midsummer Night's Dream.  Attend one of these sessions. Location TBC but we'll probably do one in Bangor and one in Newtownards

March 9th & 10th, 2019 - Free intensive team building creativity days - a chance for everyone working on the show to come together. Want to know more? Let us know you're interested. Location TBC but we'll probably do one in Bangor and one in Newtownards.

March 25th to 31st - We showcase key bits of the community song, dance and more at locations across the Borough.

April 2019 - The professional actors arrive from across Ireland and the world to start rehearsal.  Community participants enjoy various opportunities to rehearse with them as the show comes together.

May 2nd to 5th - A Midsummer Night's Dream, our DREAM Project is created across five performances.

Look out for news with our hashtag #ANDdream.  You can get a feel for things by watching this short video about our similary 2016 production of Shakespeare's Tempest.

People from Ards and North Down and across Northern Ireland are invited to get involved as actors, dancers, singers both choir and soloists, in costume, set, props building, hair and makeup, in front-of-house and more.  To find out more about how to get involved in this project please get in touch (you must be over 18 to sign up, but parents, guardians and group leaders are welcome to enquire on behalf of young people).

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This is a project supported by the European Union’s PEACE Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.