Intercultural inventiveness At the Heart of Shakespeare’s Dream
Terra Nova brought their game-changing approach to a new giant Shakespeare project in May 2019. With A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Artistic Director Andrea Montgomery is creating a Shakespearean comedy lens through which to look at gender and race in today’s Northern Ireland.
The project is currently in its final evaluation phase, with meetings, post production discussion and plans for the future being made.
Evaluation: May 19th, 1:30-3:30 Queen’s Hall Newtownards
Future Planning: June, date and time TBC.
Alongside black talent from across the UK arts scene some outstanding indigenous Northern Irish actors took part, including Stefan Dunbar, Patrick McBrearty and Roisin Gallagher. Rosie McClelland played both Titania and Queen Thesea.
Montgomery cracked open the play, keeping things face-paced, physical and frequently hilarious: the fairy world showcased dance ‘rumbles’ between magical gangs, and Chinese water dance croped up at the play’s royal wedding. Celebrating women’s equality the production fliped gender roles in the cast, and transformed Bottom and the clodhopping mechanicals into Bottom and the WI ladies. A newly created court masque featured speeches from across Shakespeare’s entire cannon.
Performances took place at the Queen’s Hall Newtownards, May 2-5, 2019.
The project was created by 35 artists from across the globe. Accompanying the artistic team and working alongside them in Terra Nova’s cutting edge community and audience engagement programme are 80+ performers who have undertaken months of preparation in music, singing, movement, and acting. Crafts people have spent months creating the set. People also worked in make-up, hair, costume, sound, lighting, set building, props making and more.
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To find out more about how to get involved in this type project in the future 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).
This is a project supported by the European Union’s PEACE Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.