Offaly drama group to stage one of Shakespeare's classic plays, Offaly Live/ Tullamore Tribune

July 5, 2023
TADS members, Susan McDonnell, Frank O'Brien and Damien Mitchell, rehearsing for A Midsummer Night's Dream

Offaly drama group to stage one of Shakespeare's classic plays

In this comic tale, not only do they venture into the new territory of Shakespeare’s forests, follies and fairy folk, but they also take us to the wonderful outdoor performance space of the new Esker Arts Centre. Designed in the style of the ancient Greek amphitheatres, with concrete steps as seating, TADS are delighted to be the first to perform in this space. The group are now hoping for fine weather over the four nights, Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 June. Patrons are advised to bring cushions and suitable clothing in case it gets chilly. In the event of extremely inclement weather, the performance may be moved inside.

“Thrilled with the opening of the new Arts Centre in Tullamore, the outdoor space seemed to invite something new and adventurous from us and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream seemed the obvious choice” director of the upcoming production, Fionnuala Corrigan commented. With most of the action taking place in the woods, where fairy folk play havoc with the love lives of mortals, Shakepeare’s most famous of comedies asks us to ponder the madness, magic and oft times dreamlike nature of love! As Demetrius asks, in the closing stages of the play, “But are you sure that we are now awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream” (Act4 Sc1)

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Tribune Reporter, 20 Jun 2023 3:28 PM


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