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Dream show for Lyric

PUTTING the fun into Shakespeare may seem an impossible dream but Leongatha Lyric Theatre has done just that and a lot more in its latest production.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was enjoyed by 90 people when it opened at Mesley Hall, Leongatha on Friday night.

In this the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, Lyric has given one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays a fresh makeover, injecting some true blue Aussie flavour.

In shifting the setting from Athens to a 1970’s Australian town director Bernadette Grainger injects freshness into Shakespeare’s tale of tangled lovers. She picks up the Athenian lovers and mischievous fairies and dumps them out in the sticks and the fun begins.

Forget Athens, Grainger’s superb casting of  some 30 talented performers, a mixture of award winning performers and young budding stars seem perfectly at home in this brave but successful show.

Lovers Hermia, played by Julia Enter and Lysander, Jacob Beckwith were outstanding in their roles and moulded their knowledge of Shakespeare’s words into a flowing performance.

With so many experienced Lyric performers added to the mix this show was professionally executed, headed up with fine efforts from King Oberon (Bruce Grainger) and Queen Titania (Christine Skicko), with a standout effort by “Player” Jeremy Curtis as Nick Bottom.

Helena (Anne Marshall) and Demetrius (Billy Wilson) also handled their difficult roles well as did head of the “Players” David Tattersall as Peter Quince, the mischievous and bouncy “Puck” was handled well by Hadassah Wanstall and Michael Hogan did a good job as Theseus, Duke of Athens.

Special mention to Maximilian Sutterluty, taking on the role of Francis Flute and having to play the role of a woman in the “play within a play”.

The creative playfulness Grainger has brought to the play has made it a thoroughly entertaining show with a simple yet effective set allowing the show to run its course with ease.

The young fairies and elves looked very at ease and happy to be performing in this show.

The relationships build as the show moves forward with audience laughter evident.

If you wish to take a look at the show then check out upcoming performances this Thursday, September 29-Saturday, October 1 at 8pm. Matinees are at 2pm on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2.

Tickets online at www.lyrictheatre.net.au

 

Mischievous and bouncy: the role of “Puck” was performed well by Hadassah Wanstall.

Mischievous and bouncy: the role of “Puck” was performed well by Hadassah Wanstall.

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