A Midsummer Night's Dream
AUSA Outdoor Summer Shakespeare Trust
13 February 2015 - 7 March 2015
Directed by Michael Hurst.
For lovers everywhere, old and young.
Your invitation awaits to this strange, transporting legend of an ancient Athens populated with desperate lovers, warring fairies and hapless actors.
From the security of a wedding feast follow us into the wild woods on a late summer's evening to enjoy Shakespeare's magic outside as the sun sets and the seductive spirits of the night take hold.
Our star-crossed young lovers will be watched by a gaggle of very, very naughty fairies, brought to life by the now infamous Marvellous troupe of sexagenarians, septuagenarians and octogenarians.
Marvellous is a weekly performance group for motivated senior citizens aged 65+, created by ATC Participate in 2011. Some had acting experience; others had never performed before. Launching themselves with an adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (directed by Hurst), they walked away with the award for Best New Cast in Metro’s Best of Auckland and proved that you are never too old to learn.
Original music, dance and, of course the brilliance of Shakespeare’s words come together in a performance that is set to take us into an unpredictable dreamtime, where all expectations are likely to be reversed.
Backed by a pulsing soundtrack composed by Callum Blackmore, expect an evening of strange and rancid charisma.This is a show for anyone who delights in the human experience. It’s time to lose yourself in the woods.
COLLECTION OR PURCHASE OF TICKETS DURING THE DAY IS FROM THE MAIDMENT THEATRE, 8 ALFRED STREET (Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm)
COLLECTION OR PURCHASE OF TICKETS BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE IS FROM THE BOX OFFICE LOCATED AT THE VENUE (available from 7pm)
The venue is located behind the University of Auckland ClockTower, 22 Princes Street.
Cancellation: performances may be cancelled due to bad weather. In the event of cancellation, ticket purchasers will be contacted by the Maidment Theatre as soon as we are able (please ensure we have your correct contact details). We will also update our Twitter page as soon as we are notified of cancellation by the promoter. If a performance is cancelled due to bad weather you will be elligible for a refund or a transfer to another performance.
Refreshments: a bar is located on site selling a variety of snack foods and alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments. It opens one hour prior to performance. Please note: BYO is not permitted.
Bringing a cushion and something warm to wear is highly recommended.