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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