Explain as director, How I would stage Act 1 of a Midsummer Night's Dream, and how I would like it to be performed.
A Midsummer's nights dream was written by William Shakespeare between 1589 and 1595. It is one of Shakespeare's better known plays, and has been performed in many theatres over the years in many different styles. To me, the story of the lovers is incredible versatile, and can be interpreted in so many fantastic, magical ways, that I doubt any two performances of the tale have been the same. The story, as I see it, is almost set in two different worlds, The everyday human world, and the magical, dream like world, inhabited by the fairies. The real problems only seem to occur when the two worlds collide. I think the Idea of these two different universes is what makes this play so different, and fun to perform, because there is reason behind everything each character does, every mishap that pops up, You can just blame it on the mischievous fairies. So in my opinion, you can be as wild, and spontaneous as you wanted to be with a Midsummer nights dream. Anything can happen.
I would set my play in the Georgian era, the time of all the Jane Austen novels, ta
The audience later meet Helena, Hermia's best friend, and deeply in love with Demetrius. le such as Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. These two characters are very mythical, Shakespeare used them from a well known myth of the time. So the audience don't get confused, only one set would have action taking place at one time. I would have him wearing a tailed jacket in a shining red, with lapels on each shoulder, bearing a military rank. I would probably play on her patheticness, and emphasise her funny moments to get the audience laughing. I think it would be quite effective if Hippolyta looks quite moved and upset as she hears Hermia speak. I would have Hermia dressed in dark purple, as a sort of mourning colour. On his breast pocket would also sit a couple of medals. I wouldn't change the basic setting of the play, it would all still take place in the woods or the palace. I always thought that Hippolyta was only upset at Theseus, not because she didn't like him, but because of the way he beat her in battle, she felt resentful. Two large thrones could sit towards the back of the stage, where Theseus and Hippolyta could sit. If I were director, I would definitely want to place emphasise on this, as that basic idea, that love isn't so great, would definitely help make the story crazy and colourful for the audience. Hermia, I think would remain a lot calmer then Lysander. Egeus would speak quite slowly, and prominently, and be quite angry and upset with Hermia.