20th Sep, 2020

It's a triumph! Dream show is an outdoor trailer full of delights

A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Auntie Jen Productions, Studley Sports and Social Club

IT may not be midsummer, but this outdoor performance of the Bard’s masterpiece is an absolute joy, enthralling the (suitably socially distanced) audience.

Trimmed to a neat 90 minutes or so, here is an original interpretation of a favourite of the repertoire, superbly played and packed with laugh out loud moments.

Did it rain? Yes it did, but everyone was enjoying the show so much no one ran for cover, and in the end the weather gave up and calmed down.

It’s also a triumph in the face of adversity for while theatre companies up and down the country must continue to kick their heels in lockdown, here was Auntie Jen Productions on the back of a lorry trailer, courtesy of Allely’s, performing right here in Studley.

All six players – Neville Cann, Oliver Hume, Annaliese Morgan, Nicolette Morgan,Jennifer Rigby and Jack Scott-Walker sparkled, as did Jen’s daughter Natasha in her cameo wheelie bin role – yes, the cast includes a Stratford District Council wheelie bin.

Scott-Walker’s singing voice is excellent too and his antics as he wooed Helena had everyone in stitches.

Born out of the community – the company is a product of the Studley Isolation Support Group, the village’s superb response to the pandemic – and supported by the community, this production was always going to win plaudits.

But it’s better than that – while the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford remains closed up, Studley is putting on a show, and my goodness, what a show it is.

Not only that but there’s a barbecue and strawberries and ice cream on site while the bar is open at the Sports and Social Club.

Tonight, Saturday, is not surprisingly close to selling out, but there are still a few tickets left for the last performance on Sunday.

Visit here to get yours.

Ross Crawford

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