Lower Fifth watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theatre

In March, Lower Fifth pupils ventured to Stratford-upon-Avon to watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. For many of us, it was the first time seeing Shakespeare the way it was intended – to be seen, not read. We were finally able to understand all of the intricacies that pen and paper alone are unable to express – the best preparation for an IGCSE text!

We were all full of anticipation, especially because Horrible Histories‘ very own Matthew Baynton was starring as the comical character Bottom. After a quick stop at the souvenir shop, we all settled into our seats, ready to enter the enchanting fantasy of Shakespeare’s Athens.

We were instantly drawn in. The plot became more and more surprising as the ‘love square’ was entangled. The humour of the script was unparalleled, coupled with the talent of the actors. We sympathised with the plight of the lovers yet laughed with the trickster Puck. The interval came too quickly, as we were still immersed in the fantasy when the lights dimmed.

As the second half began, the chaos continued to unravel. It was even more enthralling than the last half, with the confusion of the lovers intertwined with the overwhelming power of magic. With Puck’s last thought-provoking monologue, the play came to a bittersweet end.

Spirits were high from start to end and it was such a fun evening. Thank you to the English Department! I’m afraid we must disagree with Puck – this experience was definitely not ‘dust we can sweep behind the door’.

Tracy and Ashvini

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