VenueThe Vaults
TownInner London
CountyGreater London
From13th March 2019
To17th March 2019
What is currently on at The Vaults (V01067696945)

A Midsummer Night's Droll

A Midsummer Night's DrollT01449195878
A wild, rough, raucous and drunken reimagining; a version of A Midsummer Night's Dream from the 1640's, originally adapted for illegal performance in pubs and back alleys whilst theatre was outlawed, over 350 years ago. "The Merry Conceited Humours of Bottom the Weaver" has remained unperformed ever since. Until now. In 1642 the Puritans overthrew the English monarchy; they beheaded the King, banned Christmas, and made all theatre illegal. But theatre didn't die. Without a stage, without costumes, without props, theatre fell into the gutters, kept alive by an array of strange, ridiculous, over-the-top, chaotic and criminal plays, which their dissolute performers called Drolls. Performed illegally in back alleys, private homes, pubs and country fairs, of these bizarre, bastardised and boisterous sketch comedies one of the most famous and most popular was an extraordinary adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, shifting Bottom to centre stage as the star, and delving even deeper into renaissance fairy folklore.

Archive :: production:T01449195878, play:S01659342435, venue:V01067696945

Production details

Part of the Vaults Festival


Company Owle Schreame
Director Brice Stratford
Producer Brice Stratford
Costume Amelie Rousseau
Costume Laura Romer-Ormiston
Design Laura Romer-Ormiston (puppets)
Performer Brice (Bottom/Pyramus)
Performer James Carney (Quince/Oberon/Duke/Prologue)
Performer Dan Van Garrett (Flute/Pugg/Egaeus/Thisbe)
Performer Laura Romer-Ormiston (Snug/Titania/Dutchess/Lyon)
Performer Duncan Hendry (Starveling/Fairies/|Lord/Moonshine)
Performer Jonathan Ashby-Rock (Snout/Fairies/Wall)
Performer Marco Violino (Snout/Fairies/Wall)

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