A Midsummer Night's Dream

The HandleBards
Date and time: 
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
£12.00, £10.00 concession
Booking required
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The bike-powered all-male HandleBards troupe returns to Ordsall Hall with Shakespeare's madcap tale of fairies, true love and all-out farce. The course of true love never did run smooth...

Touring the UK, carrying all their set, props and costumes by bicycle, the HandleBards present their all-male production of Shakespeare's woodland extravaganza - all 21 characters of it. Described by Sir Ian McKellen as "outrageous" and "uproariously funny", this is Shakespeare performed with eight very sore legs.

The performance will be accompanied by the fabulous Eagley Brass Band.

So grab a tasty picnic, your finest group of friends and come watch some first-rate Shakespeare in the glorious sun drenched (finger crossed!) surroundings of the gardens at Ordsall Hall.

The grounds will be opening at 6.00pm with the performance beginning at 7.00pm. The bar will be open to buy hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Book online.

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Performers - Callum Brodie, Tom Dixon, Calum Hughes-McIntosh, Matt Seagar
Director - James Farrell
Producer - Peculius

The HandleBards

The HandleBards are a substainably-minded touring theatre troupe formed in 2012  by Paul Moss, Callum Cheatle, Tom Dixon and Callum Brodie. Their first year of touring saw them undergo a 967-mile adventure from Glasgow to London, touring Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet on their bicycles. This was followed in 2014 by a 2000-mile tour of the UK and Europe with The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth. The team are back on the road with new actors in July and August to perform A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet.

The HandleBards do Shakespeare differently - performing with eight very sore legs, and using their bikes to power various surprises and contraptions on stage, whilst playing ALL the parts in these wild 1930 indie-folk frolics.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Synopsis

Hermia loved Lysander, but her father, Egeus, wants her to marry Demetrius. Demetrius was recently in love with Helena (but isn't anymore), and Helena still adores Demetrius. Duke Theseus advises Hermia that she should abide by her father's wishes and marry Demetrius. Because of this, Hermia and Lysander decide to run away together.

Helena turns up and is devastated that Demetrius no longer loves her. To console her, Hermia tells her of their plan to escape to the woods - if Hermia is gone, then perhaps Demetrius will love Helena again. However, Helena tells Demetrius this and the two of them give chase into the woods.

In the woods the fairy kingdom reigns, presided over by Oberon and Titania. The two of them are quarrelling and so the kingdom is in disarray. A group of local tradesmen have decided to come to the woods to rehearse an amateur performance to be shown at Duke Theseus' wedding. Bottom the weaver is the keenest actor of all the tradesmen. During a rehearsal, Bottom is transformed by the fairies into a donkey.

Oberon, the fairy king, instructs his servant, Puck, to put a love potion in Demetrius' eyes so that he and Helena may fall in love. However, Puck puts the potion in Lysander's eyes, who wakes up and falls for Helena. Puck later puts the potion in Demetrius' eyes, who also wakes and falls for Helena. 

Oberon has also used the love potion on Titania, who wakes and falls in love with the donkey-headed Bottom. Oberon enjoys this sport for a while, but eventually removes the charm from all but Demetrius. Oberon and Titania reconcile, the loves pair off, and Bottom returns to perform 'Pyramus and Thisbe'.