Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Kildare and Cork

Proving to be a seasonal hit, Shakespeare’s early comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be staged in both Kildare and Cork this month.

In Kildare, Dream will be performed by the Moat Club, an award-winning amateur drama group that began in 1954, in the Moat Theatre, Naas. Directed by Gerard O’Shea, the production runs from Tuesday 14th June until Saturday 18th June. For booking and further details see the Moat Theatre website.

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The Moat Club’s Midsummer Night’s Dream – promotional photo on Twitter

 

While in Cork, Bare Cheek Theatre Company and the Granary Theatre will present the romantic comedy as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. Suitably, the production opens on Midsummer’s Day (21st June) and will be performed by a cast of Cork’s most promising teen actors. This Dream focuses on the world of magic, the supernatural, fantasy, passion and enchantment in an extraordinary ultra-modern production. The production is set in a mythical post-apocalyptic city and an enchanted forest, where a handsome fairy king, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, a weaver who’s transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites, and elves collide.

Performance run: Tuesday 21st June at 5pm and 8pm,  Wednesday 22nd June at 5pm and 8pm, and Thursday 23rd June at 5pm. Booking is via the Cork Midsummer Festival website, by phone (021 421513) and in person at the Festival Box Office, Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street, Cork.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Granary Theatre, Cork 

Related events of interest

The Bed, a new one-act play about Shakespeare’s widow, will premiere as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival.

Fortune’s Fool will tour Ireland with Measure for Measure in July and August. The production comes to both Kildare and to Cork. For details and for the full tour schedule see the British Council ‘Shakespeare Lives’ webpage.

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Theatre: “The Bed” – Cork Midsummer Festival

When Shakespeare died, 400 years ago, his will made detailed and extensive provision for his substantial property portfolio but included only one mention of his widow, to whom he left his “second best bed”. The Bed is a new one-act play by Ger FitzGibbon and will premiere as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival next week. Taking the known facts about their marriage, families and children, the play explores Shakespeare’s death from the point of view of his widow, Anne Hathaway – a tempestuous, sensuous, and passionate woman, baffled and furious at her husband’s will.

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William Shakespeare’s will (1616)

The production, co-directed by Jack Healy of Theatre Makers and Ger FitzGibbon, stars Paula McGlinchey and features original music by UCC composer Irene Buckley. McGlinchey has previously performed as Gremio in Fortune Fool’s Taming of the Shrew, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Portia in The Merchant Of Venice both with Cyclone Repertory Company, and Sebastian in The Tempest at St John’s Mill in Cork.

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The Unitarian Church, Cork

Dates/Times/Venue: 1pm and 4.30pm on June 17th, 18th, 19th and 24th, 25th, 26th in the Unitarian Church on Prince’s Street, Cork city. For this production the Unitarian Church has been transformed. Seating capacity is limited, so book early.

Booking is via the Cork Midsummer Festival website, by phone (021 421513) and in person at the Festival Box Office, Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street, Cork (opens 11th June, Monday to Saturday, 12-6pm / Sunday, 1-6pm.)

Ger FitzGibbon is a former Head of Drama & Theatre Studies in UCC, and recently directed Juno and the Paycock at the Everyman Theatre, Cork.

Related events of interest

Bare Cheek Theatre Company & the Granary Theatre will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 21st-23rd June as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival.

Fortune’s Fool will tour with Ireland with Measure for Measure in July and August. The production comes to Cork – to Fota Arboretum and to Doneraile – on 14th, 15th, and 17th July. For details and for the full tour schedule see the British Council ‘Shakespeare Lives’ webpage.

 

 

Aphra Behn’s “The Rover” at the Granary Theatre, Cork

The Granary Theatre Cork is delighted to present Aphra Behn’s uproarious comedy The Rover. Behn was the first female professional playwright and this Restoration play is one of her most famous and popular works. Charting the adventures of a group of young Englishmen visiting Naples during carnival time, The Rover packs in plenty of fun with disguises, misunderstandings, and bawdy jokes to make a hilarious and incident-packed comedy. The Rover will be performed by Drama and Theatre Studies students from University College Cork and it runs from Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th November at 8pm. For more information and to reserve tickets see The Rover on The Granary Theatre websiteAphra_Behn_by_Peter_Lely_c.1670