A Midsummer Night’s Dream Comes to Prescot
(Press release: MATE productions)
Award-winning MATE Productions (Best of Liverpool Theatre’s 2012, Knowsley Artistic Group of the Year 2014) in partnership with Shakespeare North and the RSC Open Stages programme present this spectacular promenade indoor and outdoor production, premiering in the beautiful 17th-century church and woodland gardens of Prescot Parish Church, and touring woodlands and community gardens across Knowsley, Liverpool and Stratford Upon Avon between May and August 2015.
Gaynor La Rocca, Artistic Director of MATE Productions, is working with Shakespeare North to develop and lead their community engagement and is launching the programme in the summer of 2015 with this exciting three way partnership between MATE Productions, Shakespeare North and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Over 100 local community actors, dancers, musicians, singers, sewers, crafters and volunteers aged 8 to 79 years have been working for the past 7 months with MATE Productions’ team of professional practitioners; including theatre designer Adele Hayter, winner of the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Design prize 2014, musical directors and composers Aimee and Taran Harris, choreographers Alan Pugh and Rachael Farrell, and practitioners from the Royal Shakespeare Company, to create this magical outdoor promenade performance of Shakespeare’s most loved comedy.
With live musicians and singers, fairy dancers, stunning design and a talented local cast, this production promises to be magical, unique, family-friendly and fully accessible for wheelchairs. Community engagement also includes an exciting programme of free arts and craft workshops in local schools where children will make dream catchers and magical artefacts to hang on the trees and transform the woodlands into a midsummer’s fairyland. Families are being encouraged to bring their children to performances dressed as flower fairies or naughty sprites.
There will be face-painters before the show and during the interval and children can choose fairy flower designs or the tribal markings of a sprite.
The plot: The King and Queen of Fairyland are having a furious row, as a pair of star-crossed lovers find themselves lost in a magical woodland where naughty sprites like to steal trinkets and toy with hapless humans. A group of amateur actors are also in the forest rehearsing a play for the Duke’s wedding day, watched by a wicked and mischievous Puck. Mishaps, love drugs and confusion as a Bottom is transformed, the Fairy Queen falls madly in love with a donkey, the lovers all love the wrong person and things get pretty dirty amongst the trees…
DATES & VENUES
Sat 30th May – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sun 31st May – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sat 6th June – 7.30pm
Prescot Parish Church woodland gardens, Church Street, Prescot, L34 3LA
Sunday 21st June – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
St Nicholas Church gardens, Church Road, Halewood, L26 6LA
Fri 10th July – 7.30pm and Sat 11th July – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Calderstones Mansion House gardens, Calderstones Park, L18 3JB
Sunday 2nd August – 12pm
The Dell at the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon
Sunday 9th August – 3pm
Woodlands Rest Home gardens, Wood Lane, Netherley, L27 4YA
Seating in the woodland in Prescot and Halewood will be on hay bales or bring a blanket. For other venues, please bring a folding garden seat or a blanket to sit on. Don’t forget waterproof clothing in case of rain – please no umbrellas as it will obscure the view for other audience members.
For tickets telephone: 0151 281 8461 or purchase online from www.mateproductions.co.uk.