Shakespeare’s Dream Comes to Prescot
The grounds of Prescot’s 17th-century parish church will become the setting for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this May.
Knowsley-based MATE Productions have teamed up with Shakespeare North and the Royal Shakespeare Company for the community production, which will involve amateur and professional talent from across the borough.
The play – one of the Bard’s most celebrated comedies, featuring two pairs of star-crossed lovers and all manner of forest fairies – premieres on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May.
Audiences will move around the church and its grounds, sitting on hay bales, watching scenes in locations including the elegant Jacobean interior of St Mary’s and the woodlands adjoining the parish vicarage.
The cast will return to perform excerpts at Prescot’s Elizabethan Fayre on Saturday 6 June, before touring throughout Knowsley and Liverpool.
Pictured above: Adele Hayter grew up in Prescot and attended St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Secondary School in Whiston. Having studied at LIPA, she is now a professional theatrical designer whose clients have included the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.
MATE Needs Your Help
Everyone in the community is invited to help make A Midsummer Night’s Dream a success. Participants already working hard include pupils from local schools and elderly residents of Woodlands Rest Home.
In particular, MATE needs volunteers for the following:
- Stewards/marshals – to help guide audience and general public
- Event support – general runners and organised folk to points of contact
- Front of house/box office support (selling tickets/programmes, helping to sell interval refreshments – tea, coffee, soft drinks, etc)
- Backstage support/stage management
- Joiners/carpenters (retired or working folk) to help with set building and making a tree swing
- Crafty folk who would like to help with making fairy bunting and sewing flowers and leaves onto costumes
If you’re a local business, MATE also needs donations:
- 50 hay bales for audience seating
- Plastic sheeting to cover hay bales to keep them dry if it rains
- Mulch for the performance area
- Programme sponsorship – advertise to help MATE produce a quality programme that profiles the local talent involved in the production
As a community arts organisation. MATE is always open to new members, however experienced, from age 7 up. Get in touch about taking part in this or future productions in Prescot.