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Hijinx Theatre embarks on autumn tour

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 11:30 UK time, Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Hijinx Theatre are about to embark on what is likely to be their last autumn tour with a production inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The cast of Hijinx's Ill Met By Moonlight. Photo © Simon Gough Photography

The cast of Hijinx's Ill Met By Moonlight. Photo © Simon Gough Photography

Ill Met By Moonlight was written almost 20 years ago, and toured in 1994 and 2001. It's been revived for 2010 and will tour various theatres and institutions throughout Wales, England and Scotland from today, starting at Cardiff's Whitchurch School.

This will be Hijinx's final autumn tour specifically for community audiences in its current guise, as a result of the reduction in financial support from the Arts Council of Wales.

Photo of Michael Wagg as Gwarwyn-a-throt (Gat) and Stephen Hickman as Samuel Jenkins © Simon Gough Photography

Michael Wagg as Gwarwyn-a-throt (Gat) and Stephen Hickman as Samuel Jenkins © Simon Gough Photography

Welsh playwright Charles Way, who penned the play, will direct the production.

Set on the border of Wales and England when rural superstition was rife, Gwarwyn-a-throt (Gat) - played by Michael Wagg - is a descendant of the impish Shakespearian Puck, who roams the countryside creating a trail of mischief.

Katy Owen (Hedydd) and Michael Wagg (Gat) © Simon Gough Photography

Katy Owen (Hedydd) and Michael Wagg (Gwarwyn-a-throt/Gat) © Simon Gough Photography

Gat is the last of the mystical Bwca, the faerie “brownies” of Wales, but they have somewhat nastier tempers than their brownie cousins - in folklore, brownies were friendly goblins or fairies, traditionally said to help with domestic chores.

So with his shape-changing interference, Gat attempts to thwart the growing love between two lonely country people. The results of his malicious meddling are both hilarious and tragic - but will he be triumphant, or will love win out?

Hannah McPake as Mary Morris © Simon Gough Photography

Hannah McPake as Mary Morris © Simon Gough Photography

Judging by these photos, courtesy of Simon Gough Photography and kindly provided by Hijinx, which were taken at the dress rehearsal last night - theatre fans are in for a treat with Ill Met By Moonlight.

Browse the Hijinx Theatre website for more information and to see where the company are performing near you.

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