A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 25 June, 2016

Coming June 25: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Today on Radio Riel’s Main Stream at 11am and 7pm Pacific Time (19:00 and 03:00 in the UK), we bring you a special presentation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by the Fairelands Players in association with Fantasy Faire Radio & Radio Riel. The rest of the day, we present a programme of Early Music featuring music for and associated with the work of William Shakespeare.

Yesterday, June 24, was St John’s Day, the nominal anniversary of the birth of John the Baptist, exactly six months before the birth of Christ. Thus it is also known as Midsummer Day (not to be confused with the Summer Solstice, which was earlier in the week), so an appropriate time for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Originally produced for Fantasy Faire 2016, the 70-minute performance, adapted for radio and directed by Saffia Widdershins, and recorded & produced by Scott Simpson, will be broadcast at 11am and 7pm Pacific Time — 19:00 and 03:00 in the UK.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare sometime between 1590 and 1597. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

Cast in Order of Appearance
Theseus: Zander Greene
Hippolyta: Gameela Wright / AvaJean Westland
Egeus: Elrik Merlin
Hermia: Garnet Psaltery
Demetrius: Emerson Lighthouse
Lysander: Mavromichali Szondi
Helena: Aisling Sinclair
Puck: Christy Grantham
Fairy: Amethyst Dovgal
Oberon: Zander Greene
Titania: Gameela Wright / AvaJean Westland
Peter Quince: Elrik Merlin
Nick Bottom: Damien Vectoscope
Francis Flute: Mavromichali Szondi
Robin Starveling: Emerson Lighthouse
Tom Snout: Mavromichali Szondi
Snug: Zander Greene
Recorded and produced by Scott Simpson
Directed by Saffia Widdershins



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