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One of Shakespeare's most popular and entertaining plays will be performed at QUT's Gardens Theatre from Tuesday the 9th to Saturday the 13th of October.
Written in the late sixteenth century, A Midsummer Night's Dream blends many of the bard's favourite themes into a delicious romp set in a magical forest.
Love, sexuality and the tyranny of social convention are all fair game as a group of Athenian nobles attempts to organise their weddings (and their love lives) with the added complications of a band of meddling faeries. Add an inept troupe of actors to the forest's inhabitants and you have the elements of one of Shakespeare's most-loved comedies.
The current production at QUT is performed by the university's second-year drama students, under the direction of distinguished local performer and director Jennifer Flowers. Flowers has won numerous Matilda awards for both her acting and directing, and has worked with theatre companies around Australia, including with Cate Blanchett at the Sydney Theatre Company.
While student productions are very much an opportunity for young actors to hone their craft, they're also a wonderful chance for audiences to see stars in the making. In recent years, QUT's acting course has produced performers of the calibre of Gyton Grantley and Anna McGahan (both of whom have lit up our television screens for much of the past year). You never know who you might be the first to see if you get along to this show.
I caught this show on Thursday night, and I highly recommend it. It's sexy and funny, with a strong cast and some of the best production and lighting design that I've seen this year. For me, the standout performances came from Marcus Vanco as Lysander, Sasha Dyer as Helena, and Thomas Carney as Bottom -- but there were plenty of other strong showings, including some very funny moments from Nathan Wilson playing Thisbe.