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A Midsummer Night’s Dream - about the 2011 RSC production
A Midsummer Night’s Dream - about the 2011 RSC production

Duration: 06:33

The cast discuss the ideas behind this production: Titania and Oberon as dream versions of Hippolyta and Theseus and the court as a 1960's London East End gangster club.

 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 1 Scene 2 - Clowning around (workshop)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 1 Scene 2 - Clowning around (workshop)

Duration: 06:35

The company discuss the language of comedy. They explore comic timing, playing for laughs and how to make Bottom funny.

 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 1 Scene 2 - Meet the Mechanicals
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 1 Scene 2 - Meet the Mechanicals

Duration: 06:54

The actors discuss how little information there is about the Mechanicals in Shakespeare's text. Through improvisation the actors explore back stories and how their characters might feel about being in a play.

 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 1 Scene 2 - Quince v Bottom
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 1 Scene 2 - Quince v Bottom

Duration: 07:11

Bottom and Quince battle to be the most important person present. The actors who play these characters discuss insights gained through playing their characters as high and low status.

 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 1 Scene 2 - The Mechanicals
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 1 Scene 2 - The Mechanicals

Duration: 07:09

A group of working men meet to put on a play for the court. Quince tries to persuade each of them to take a part. When some of the Mechanicals object, Bottom suggests that he can play all the parts.

 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1 - Ecological disaster (workshop)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1 - Ecological disaster (workshop)

Duration: 07:09

Pippa Nixon and Jo Stone-Fewings explore how Titania shows Oberon the impact of their argument on the world. They discuss Shakespeare's use of language and imagery in Titania's speech.

 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1 - Fairyland (workshop)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1 - Fairyland (workshop)

Duration: 06:26

The director, Nancy Meckler, explores the possibilities of playing Oberon and Titania as magical fairies, as ordinary people or as dream versions of Theseus and Hippolyta.

 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1 - Helena and Demetrius
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1 - Helena and Demetrius

Duration: 09:28

The director, Nancy Meckler, helps the actors explore their characters through improvisation: How might Helena and Demetrius have met and how might their relationship have developed?

 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1 - Playing Helena
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1 - Playing Helena

Duration: 07:16

The director Nancy Meckler, and actor Lucy Briggs-Owen, explore different ways of playing Helena: as victim, as temptress, or as a reasonable woman.

 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1 - The fairies
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1 - The fairies

Duration: 07:06

The King and Queen of the Fairies meet for the first time. Titania tells Oberon that their argument over her changeling boy is having a disastrous impact on the natural world.

 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1 - Titania crosses Oberon
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1 - Titania crosses Oberon

Duration: 06:38

The cast consider the importance of the child at the centre of Titania and Oberon's argument. They explore staging choices for conveying Titania's feelings and memories of the child’s mother, the votress.

 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1- The lovers
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 2 Scene 1- The lovers

Duration: 04:43

Demetrius goes to the woods to find Hermia, with Helena in pursuit. Demetrius rejects Helena but she persists in declaring her love for him.

 

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