Sprite Theatre create outdoor productions of Shakespeare’s plays which involve the audience journeying through the space with the performers to truly immerse themselved within the story.
This season’s play was A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to celebrate the company’s 10 year anniversary.
This story worked beautifully within the setting, being the woods around Ripley Castle, with the small audience surrounded by the performers, creating an intimate atmosphere evoking a relaxed actor/spectator relationship filled with outrageous laughter.
What with Titania’s lyrical Irish accent, along with Puck’s cheeky audience interaction, the entire spectacle was a pleasure to watch; and while thorougly accessible to all ages, paid attention to the plays themes.
By far my favourite scene was the fight between Helena and Hermia.. Demetrius and Lysander sprinted off into the distance and could be heard causing a racket in the distance of the woods, creating a hysteria to the scene and extending the stage to the real world.
All in all, Sprite Production’s’ quirky adaptation of ‘The Dream’ was a unique and organic telling which I will not quickly forget.