Timaru Summer Shakespeare

January 2023

Aidan theatre company's Shakespeare Collective
The Shakespeare collective is passionate about bringing the Bard to the bay, the Rose garden, a church anywhere people can gather and connect and be introduced or re-introduced to the amazing stories and characters that are as relevant today as they were over 400 years ago.
We hold auditions in May.

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Keep your eyes open for auditions for the Timaru Summer Shakespeare. 
2023 will be bringing the magic of 'A Mid-summer Nights Dream'. 
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Timaru Summer Shakespeare 2023

'A Mid Summer Nights Dream'

Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons are to be married and great celebrations are planned.

Egeus brings his rebellious daughter Hermia in front of the Duke. Egeus wants her to marry Demetrius but Hermia refuses, because she's in love with Lysander. The Duke orders Hermia to obey her father or, according to Athenian law, she must face a death penalty or enter a convent.

Hermia and Lysander decide to elope that night. They confide in their friend Helena. However, she's secretly in love with Demetrius so, hoping to win his affection, she tells him of Hermia's plan. That night, all four lovers set out into the forest.

Meanwhile, a group of Athenian tradesmen (the Mechanicals), led by Peter Quince, are planning to perform 'The Tragedy of Pyramus' at the Duke's wedding. Their rehearsals take place in the same forest.

Elsewhere in the forest, the fairy king and queen, Oberon and Titania, argue over Titania's refusal to give up her page-boy to Oberon. He sends his servant Puck to find a magic plant to cast a spell on Titania. 

The juice of the plant, when squeezed onto the eyes of someone asleep, causes them to fall in love with the first creature they see when they wake up. Oberon uses the juice on Titania as she sleeps in her bower.

Puck overhears the tradesmen rehearsing and magically transforms Bottom's head into that of an ass. The other men are terrifed and flee the forest. When Titania wakes, the first creature she sees is Bottom and she falls rapturously in love with him.

Helena chases Demetrius in the forest and their fighting disturbs Oberon. He tells Puck to use the magic plant on Demetrius too, so that he will fall in love with Helena. However Puck muddles up the two Athenian men and uses it on Lysander instead, who promptly falls in love with Helena. Both women are confused and Hermia furiously attacks her friend.

To say anymore would spoil the ending, least to say confusion reigns but all ends well.