“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Puzzlewood

Barry Comprehensive students watching the Butterfly Theatre’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean

Students watching the Butterfly Theatre’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Puzzlewood

Last month, the Drama Department at Barry Comprehensive School set off on an adventure to the magical and awe inspiring Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean.  This incredible location was the venue for Butterfly Theatre’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare.

This was an outdoor event like no other! All pre-conceived ideas of “Shakespeare is boring” were soon destroyed as the character of Bottom marched us into a barn and the journey into the world of the play began. The performance literally took the students on a journey into the woods themselves following the four lovers, Hermia, Helena, Demetrius and Lysander. Along the way we bumped into Peter Quince and his company of actors who were busy rehearsing their play to be performed in front of Duke Theseus and witnessed the mischievous Puck turning Nick Bottom into a Donkey!

The language of Shakespeare was brought to life with so much energy, fun and enthusiasm by the actors, the students could not help but get dragged along in the narrative. With moments where we couldn’t help but laugh out loud to what we were watching to the times when we were silenced by the songs of the fairies being sung through the trees, this truly was an incredible experience.

After the performance, students participated in a workshop with the director of the show who said “It was a real pleasure working with your students. I thought they were bright and engaged and really fun.  I look forward to more ventures with you all in the future!”

The play is a set text for AS Theatre Studies students and this experience will be invaluable in helping them understand the play in performance as well as inspiring them as young actors.

The Drama Department would like to thank all of the students who came on the trip and look forward to our next visit to the theatre to watch “The Shawshank Redemption” in November.

Mr Ian Piekielniak, Head of Drama says “I would like to thank Puzzlewood and the Butterfly Theatre Company for making this performance one that we will all remember for a very long time. We look forward to working with Butterfly Theatre Company in the future and we cannot wait to return to Puzzlewood very soon to explore the woods and to inspire the imaginations of many more of our students”.

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