Wivenhoe Youth Theatre - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Wivenhoe Youth Theatre Summer Production 1999

Sheila Foster

Programme cover for Wivenhoe Youth Theatre's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Dan Sherer’s exuberant production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream made excellent use of the “dumbbell” staging format, used in several Wivenhoe Youth Theatre shows, and lending itself to the long, narrow  shape of the hall.

Creatively cut, this was a very physical show, with Kevin West’s Puck popping up from under the stage, wrapping himself almost parasite-like around Oberon (Peter Garden), and appearing like magic all over the place.  The lovers’ fight in the woods was memorable, with Hermia (Hettie Reid) dragged from one end of the hall to the other. Theatre magic!


Theseus                                     Daniel Woodrow

Hippolyta                                   Holly Powis

Egeus                                         Andrew Kirwan

Hermia                                      Hetty Reid

Lysander                                   Matt Dale

Demetrius                                Tom Edwards

Helena                                      Kim Corbett

Oberon                                     Peter Barden

Titania                                      Jo Foster

Puck                                         Kevin West

Peaseblossom                       Charlotte Pugh

Cobweb                                  Amy Sparks

Mustardseed                         Holly Powis

Peter Quince                         Matthew Pendle

Nick Bottom (Pyramus)       Andrew Kirwan

Francis Flute (Thisbe)           Daniel Ross

Tom Snout (Wall)                   Charlotte Kirwan

Snug (Lion)                             Leo de Wolff

Robin Starveling (Moon)      Rosie Kinghorn

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