While Shakespeare’s plays are referenced in today’s films and television shows, the original texts themselves can seem impenetrable for new audiences.
Theatre company Propeller presents a 60-minute version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream today at the Spring in Havant, especially devised for young viewers.
The show is directed by Edward Hall, who has worked with Kenneth Branagh and Sean Bean. His credits include Rose Rage, an adaptation of all of Shakespeare’s Henry VI.
Hall’s all-male Shakespeare company approaches the text with a modern physical aesthetic to create productions full of clarity, speed and imagination.
Nick Chesterfield, the general manager of Propeller, says: ‘Using the text is always the most important, so the primary thing is to speak the text clearly and use the verse to illustrate meaning rather than trying to fit the script to a “concept”.
‘When the plays were written they were modern, so we approach them as if they were new texts using whatever makes sense to us to illustrate the story.’
Pocket Dream by Propeller is at The Spring, Havant today at 1.30pm and 8pm. Tickets: £14 adults, £12.60 concessions, £11 students. Call the box office on (023) 9247 2700.