Teignmouth players are set to reprise their well-known and beloved Ice Factory Studio Theater performances of The Bard’s works; William Shakespeare.
Fittingly, so close to Valentine’s Day, the main overriding theme of the room they have chosen is Love.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most performed plays, and it is also one of his most poetic.
This may seem odd, as the heightened poetic language of the Renaissance often uses oblique references and associations that are largely lost to modern audiences.
The coin’s frequent references to the moon are a good example of this.
The moon is the image that unifies the many plots, shining on mechanics, fairies and courtiers. But it is a cold and notoriously changing light, reinforcing the sense of unreality that pervades the forest.
The mechanics are relieved to find that the moon will shine on the night of their performance, implying a full or nearly full moon. Perhaps they misread their almanac?
The Goddess Hermia will be dedicated to Diana, a famous virginal goddess who, as a powerful and chaste female entity, some critics have argued that contemporary audiences could have interpreted Diana as a figure of Queen Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.
Director Nicole Davall wonders how the tense atmosphere will play on audiences today as we begin to open up after two years of social distancing.
Nicole has a unique style of presenting her shows as seen in her last two productions of Shakespeare with the Players – Romeo & Juliet in 2019 and The Tempest in 2020.
A strong cast sees Nicole play Titania, Ben Butler-Cole as Oberon, and Steve Brown as Bottom.
Laura Wilson-Back in her first Shakespeare role plays Puck with Gordon Mellor playing in his third role as Peter Quince.
Jaz Weyer Brown, well known to Ice Factory audiences, stars as Hermia, Alison Rawlings is Flute, and Lewis Bird is cast as Lysander.
The Players’ Shakespeare productions are selling well and this year is sure to guarantee a good audience, so booking early is advisable.
The play opens today, Thursday February 24, at 7:30 p.m., and continues at the same time on the 25th and 26th with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on the 26th.
A second short race opens March 2-5 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available through the box office: 01626 778991 or online anytime: teignmouthplayers.org.uk Thursday 24 February, £9 – All other shows £10
In the Teignmouth Players’ performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nicole Davall plays Titania and Ben Butler-Cole plays Oberon.