Intercultural inventiveness At the Heart of Shakespeare’s Dream

Terra Nova are bringing their game-changing approach to a new giant Shakespeare project to be staged 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.

Alongside black talent from across the UK arts scene some outstanding indigenous Northern Irish actors are taking part, including Stefan Dunbar, Patrick McBrearty and Roisin Gallagher. Rosie McClelland will play both Titania and Queen Thesea.

Montgomery has cracked open the play, keeping things face-paced, physical and frequently hilarious: the fairy world showcases improvised dance ‘rumbles’ between magical gangs, and south American salsa crops up at the play’s royal wedding. Celebrating women’s equality the production flips gender roles in the cast, and transformed Bottom and the clodhopping mechanicals into Bottom and the WI ladies.  A newly created court masque features speeches from across Shakespeare’s entire cannon. 

Performances will take place at the Queen’s Hall Newtownards, May 2-5, 2019.

The project is being 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 70 performers who have undertaken months of preparation in music, singing, movement, and acting.

Get Involved back stage & Front of House

Terra Nova will be running programmes with 60 places for members of the community to learn about and take part in creating the production, working alongside the professional team. Make-up, hair, costume, sound, lighting, set building, props making and more!

Big Volunteer Info Sessions - March 23rd, 2019 - Want to volunteer for set, costume, make up, hair, tech or front of house work on the Midsummer Night's Dream?  Sign up below or drop in to the Bloomfield Shopping Centre between 11am and 4pm on March 23rd to find out about how to volunteer on the show!

Professionals and Community Rehearse Together - 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.

Tech and Dress Rehearsal - April 28th, 29th, 30th, May 1st - The challenging tasking of seeing it all come together, on-stage, back-stage, front of house and more…

Performances - 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. 

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.