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A Midummer Night's Dream at Lancaster Castle

Date: 6 June 2014

The Department of English and Creative Writing are very pleased to present three open-air performances of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Lancaster Castle. These performances, designed by and featuring students and staff from the Department, will take place on the evenings of 19th, 20th and 21st June at 7pm.

Tickets are £20/£10 concessions and can be purchased online at http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/shakespeare/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ or by sending a cheque along with your name, address and details of the tickets you would like to book to: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Department of English and Creative Writing, County College, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YD.

See below for the full press release.

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Lancaster Castle

There has been a tradition of Shakespeare in Lancaster for many years, both indoors at Lancaster Castle with the acclaimed productions by Demi-Paradise, and outdoors with the Dukes at Williamson Park, but, as far as we are aware, this is the first time there has ever been a performance of a play in Lancaster Castle's courtyard.

This is a co-production between Lancaster Castle and Lancaster University, supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Enterprise Centre. It is designed in line with the principles of 20:20 Vision: A Seven Year Strategy for the Arts in Lancaster District, developed by Lancaster Arts Partnership and signed by Lancaster Vice-Chancellor and the Executive of the Duchy of Lancaster. As an event made in and inspired by the locality it will foster collaboration between final year English and Theatre students just entering the profession and local actors, chiefly from Bingo Dragon Theatre Company. We've been very fortunate to receive advice on lighting from the renowned lighting designed Alan Cox, and from Steve Jackson and Stephanie Sims from Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University.

The production is also innovative in that it will be the first time that Lancaster University undergraduates have had the option to be assessed for their final year Shakespeare module via performance rather than examination. The students (Megan Blandizzi, Eleanor Brindle, Emily Chudy, Christina Horsepool, Eleanor Kirby, Alexander Marlow, James McCowan, Rachael Mellor, Jade Podmore, Tessie Riggs, Alexander Varey and Kristen Wilhelm) will be assessed for both performance and design.

It will be staged in the open air in Lancaster Castle's courtyard with the audience encouraged to bring picnic rugs to sit on the astroturf at the centre, and the actors working around (and amongst) them right across the Castle courtyard. A number of outdoor chairs can be reserved (with priority for elderly or disabled spectators) in advance. The audience can bring picnics and drinks or order these in advance from NICE @ The Castle.

Since Lancaster Castle is itself the setting, spectacular costumes will be the most important element of the design,, as they would have been when the play was written. The design team (Megan Blandizzi, James McCowan, Christina Horsepool and Tessie Riggs) have opted for an eclectic style using vibrant colours to being out the elements of fantasy which are so important to Shakespeare's play of midsummer magic.

Music (composed by Eleanor Brindle) will be performed by members of the Company, joined by local musicians Duncan and Liz Bell.

The performances will take place on 19th-21st June at 7pm. Tickets (£20/£10 concessions) can be reserved online at http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/shakespeare/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ or by sending a cheque along with your name, address and details of the number of tickets you'd like to: Midsummer Night's Dream, Department of English and Creative Writing, County College, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YD.

News website: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/shakespeare/a-midsummer-nights-dream/

 

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