Arcola Queer Collective

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (January 2015)

William Shakespeare, with new text by Patrick Cash

Directed by: Nick Connaughton

Part of the 2015 Creative Engagement Winter Season

“If we shadows have offended…”

Shakespeare’s Dream is radically interpreted in the first production from the Arcola Queer Collective, Arcola’s newest community performance company.

Welcome to the forest. A surreal world of fairies, spells, incantations, magic – disorder made right by the mischief of the night.

When four young lovers escape to the woods, they find themselves embroiled in a battle of wills between the fairy king and queen. Nearby, a group of rude mechanicals are rehearsing for a performance at the wedding of Duke Theseus. When everyone’s paths cross, they become entangled in a heady, unpredictable chaos: one that threatens to tear the fair kingdom apart.

Blending cabaret, drag, spoken word, music and movement with Shakespeare’s original words, and a new text devised by Patrick Cash and the company, this Dream offers a provocative, darkly comedic meditation on love and relationships in the 21st century.

Gala performance – Friday 23rd January
All tickets £30. Includes admission to the show, drinks, canapes, post show discussion and music from Rudi Douglas. Support the Collective to create their next show!

Supported by
Monday – Saturday evenings at 8pm
£9 / £7 concessions

Saturday matinee at 3:30pm
£9 / £7 concessions

Gala performance – Friday 23rd January
All tickets £30

Running time: 2 hours approximately (including interval)
Recommended for ages 16+
In Studio 2, seating is unallocated.

Please note that this show is not eligible for booking with Arcola Passport.