A Midsummer Nights Dream

On Wednesday myself and Tadders went along to the Southwark Playhouse with our Mums to see a rendition of A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Firstly the venue. Southwark Playhouse is a little gem tucked away in the railway arches of London Bridge and easy to miss from Tooley Street. The lay out for our performance had cushioned benches on either side with the stage running through the middle. All the seats are good seats although we had a great view as we were in the front row.

So the play. Set in Japan, this performance gave a new spin to this classic story. Only 7 actors were involved with each taking on two characters (apart from one who had three). Despite the setting, Japanese was only used by Oberon and Titania - the Fairy King and Queen - which added to their magical mischief.

The set was minimal as were the props but the encouragement of the audience to use their imagination made the play even better to watch. The trains even played their part by rumbling over at key points adding to the tension of a scene or emphasising the anger of the characters.

Overall I was really impressed by everything and thought that the small price tag for the ticket represented unbelievable value for money. At £13 for the cheapest ticket up to £18 for the most expensive I highly recommend going and checking out this play. But be quick as it is only on until the 28th February.

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