GYT’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

An Arthur Rackham illustration to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

An Arthur Rackham illustration to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

THE WORLD is in chaos. The climate is changing, and the seasons are askew. An uneasy peace has settled on Athens after a war. In the forest, Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of the Fairies, argue bitterly.

This is Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, and it will be staged by Galway Youth Theatre at the Nuns Island Theatre from Monday April 20 to Sunday 26 at 8pm.

A comedy about intense emotions, delusions, and the trickeries of love and infatuation, it sees unwitting humans like Bottom become pawns and unwitting accomplices in the war between Oberon and Titania.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is possibly The Bard’s most original play, as very little of the plot has a source elsewhere. It is also noted for it’s dark cynicism and humour.

It will be directed by Max Hafler, with set design by Mary Doyle, costumes by Aine Lawless, sound design and music by Aranos, and lighting by Pat O’Reilly.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is part of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature. Tickets are €15/12 from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 - 569777.

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