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Background to A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night?s Dream is one of Shakespeare?s most popular and enduring comedies.
It tells the story of four young lovers who escape Athens  in pursuit of love. They find themselves in a strange world where the mischievous fairies wreak havoc with their affections.Meanwhile, a group of amateur actors rehearse their play for the Duke?s wedding celebrations. Again the fairies disrupt the proceedings by turning one of the actors into an ass. When the Fairy Queen falls in love with the ass, the world is turned completely upside down . . .

The DIT production begins in a Victorian world, where the rebellious young lovers are fleeing from the unbending rules of the father and the punishment of the law. In the enchanting and mysterious fairy world, the desperate lovers, wicked fairies and hapless actors converge in chaos. Amidst the hilarity, Victorian certainties are left behind and a new world becomes possible.
Performed by a dynamic young cast in the newly-refurbished Gleeson Theatre Kevin Street, this production promises to be an exciting night?s entertainment.


Background to the Production

For over 60 years, the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama has been committed to practical drama training and education. The Honours BA in Drama (Performance) is a three-year full-time course which includes actor training, movement, Shakespeare in performance, Irish drama, performance for radio and camera, as well as theatre in education and performance analysis.
In their final year students perform in a full-scale production and in an acting showcase for an industry audience. Graduates have worked in the Abbey Theatre, RTÉ, the Royal Shakespeare Company, London?s West End and TEAM Theatre Company, among many other institutions.