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A Midsummer Night's Dream

June 1987

by William Shakespeare, directed by Mary Jones


Theseus, Duke of Athens - Gordon Halliday

Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Theseus - Gillian Yates

Egeus, Hermia's father - John Marshall

Hermia, in love with Lysander - Diana Lucas

Lysander, in love with Hermia - James Pettit

Demetrius, in love with Hermia - Jim Orford

Helena, in love with Demetrius - Fenny Gill

Philostrate, Theseus's Master of the Revels - Cass Thorne

Oberon, King of the Fairies - John Palmer

Titania, Queen of the Fairies - Margaret Butt

Puck, or Robin Goodfellow - Mike Pigott

A Fairy, attendant on Titania - Miriam Fishwick

Peaseblossom - Lynn Trout

Cobweb - Sarah Walker

Moth - Carol Pettit

Mustardseed - Caroline Jones

Other attendants on Oberon and Titania - Jason Petelin, Andrew Pearson & Nicholas Bhanji

Peter Quince, a carpenter (Prologue) - Brian Bowker

Nick Bottom, a weaver (Pyramus) - Philip Jones

Francis Flute, a bellows-mender (Thisbe) - Michael Ellis

Tom Snout, a tinker (Wall) - Bryan Stephenson

Snug, a joiner (Lion) - Jon Tuckett

Robin Starveling, a tailor (Moonshine) - Fred Wannell

Recorder played by - Judy Ridgill

Production Team:

Director - Mary Jones

Stage Manager - Rosemary Whitehurst

Set Construction - Mike Trout, David Hopper, John Halliday & Brian Bowker

Lighting - Barry Matthews & Keith Palmer

Props - Lynn Trout

Costumes - Olive Rumford & members of the cast

Design - Diana Lucas

Poster Design - Chris Scanes

Front of House - Ben & Margaret Grimsey

Photographs - Don Steven


From Express & Echo:

...A spankingly good Bottom....

Estuary Players' inventive cocktail

Add a tincture of nectar to a draft of dew, mix in a twist of blossom and you have a fine cocktail to toast Midsummer Night.

It was a tenth anniversary celebration, too, in Topsham last night among good company as the Estuary Players marked their birthday with their first attempt at Shakespeare.

Director Mary Jones may well have dreamt of triumph. And with some deft production trickery, her formula for fairies juggling with mortals' emotions worked a treat.

It is a lovely play, packed with quotations, beautiful prose and verse, and humour which the players delight in exploiting.

A spankingly good Bottom (Philip Jones) leads a troupe of artisan actors who, in a play within a play, work out a comedy-laden cabaret routine that is a feature of the play. Mime, female impersonation, wit - the six put on a display of midsummer madness.

John Palmer as Oberon is outstanding, while Mike Pigott as Puck is an ably athletic associate. Notable on the distaff side are Diana Lucas and Fenny Gill as the chased but very chaste maidens, and Margaret Butt as a teasing Titania with her fetching flutter of fairies.

The set is imaginative, the production inventive. A trio of musicians adds a courtly touch.

Sponsored by Hiley-Payne and Coxwell Investment Management Ltd, the enchanting love story continues at Matthews Hall until Friday with, hopefully, an open-air performance at Grove Hill House on Saturday night.

- Reviewed by: Bill McMillan


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