Getting to the Bottom of the Bard

PUBLISHED: 15:16 21 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:35 03 February 2011

Puck the naughty sprite

Puck the naughty sprite

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FAIRIES and fun, royalty and romance, magic and misunderstandings are all rolled into one in Shakespeare 4 Kidz adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The group will be performing a musical version of this classic play at The Playhouse in Weston next month.

Who can resist the fabulous story of a Duke marrying his Amazonian queen, two sets of lovers who elope into the woods where the audience finds feuding fairies and a naughty sprite called Puck, whose mismanaged magic causes no end of hilarity?

And not forgetting the group of Athenian workmen rehearsing a play to entertain the royal couple at their wedding celebrations.

Audiences and reviewers have been loving S4K’s show, which started in September last year.

Noel Andrew Harron’s outrageously camp Puck has become a firm favourite with the kids who and Sean Luckham’s ebullient Bottom is another big hit.

The Dream is one of six S4K titles, following on from the 2009/10 national and international hit tour of Macbeth.

Every S4K show uses the whole Shakespearean plot, slotting the most famous original lines into modern language so that everyone – even the youngest primary school children – can understand.

The script flows so easily that most people don’t realise that approximately 20 per cent of it is in Shakespeare’s own words.

There are also songs, dances and lots of spellbinding effects as the fairies create a world of wonder in the woods.

The performances will be held at the theatre on February 17 at 10.30am and 2pm, and February 18 at 10.30am.

Tickets, priced £10-16, are available from the box office on 01934 645544 or www.theplayhouse.co.uk

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