A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Curve Young & Community Production

Curve is the theatrical gift that keeps on giving and Leicester is lucky to have it. Renowned for their world class productions (this year alone they’ve given us Grease, Sister Act UK Tour, Fantastic Mr Fox and their team can be found producing The Wedding Singer, Annie West End and many more) – they’re taking up almost all the top spots in our 5 star reviews table.

This time, it’s the turn of the Curve Youth (& Community), stepping into some very big shoes – and to be frank, they absolutely smashed it.

Shakespeare isn’t always accessible, nor enjoyable. Enter Nick Winston. His exceptional vision for this production saw it brought to life for a 2017 audience. Each word was understandable, each character was stand-out, the storyline absolutely compelling – and humorous!

Most striking initially is the beautiful set, described as “Mythpunk” (amazing) – Kevin Jenkins┬ádesigned an attractive, modern set that fitted the overall theme of the production. Combine this with the stunning lighting and graphics – this was every inch a professional set. The flying effects were the icing on the cake.

Of course no show is complete without the cast – and this one almost certainly included some stars of the future.

The two “Pucks” was not only genius but a quality casting – Mahesh Parmar and Joel Fossard-Jones enthusiastically delivered quality performances.

Oberon (Simon Butler) and Titania (Demi Hylands) were played with such quality that they could have easily been on the professional stage. This pair were absolutely show stealing.

The roles of Demetrius, Lysander, Hermia and Helena were very well delivered by Harvey Thorpe, Chris Brookes, Megan Marston and Lauren Jones.

Finally, Bottom was played by Alexander Clifford who won the hearts of the audience with his confidence and quality.

There was no weak link in this production though – every cast member is fitting of a mention in their own right. As always at Curve the company was as important to the show as the named parts.

The production was so “cool” in it’s modern adaption – the choreography was a welcome twist and the music intelligently added to the show that kept every inch of it’s authenticity but was delivered in such an understandable and exciting way. I can only imagine that this is what it must have been like to see one of Shakespeares performances at the time, for his cutting edge and connection to the people.

Bravo to Curve Youth and all involved.

You’re missing out if you don’t go along and the only way to do that is to book tickets by clicking here.

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Rob Stanway is the Founder of At The Theatre. He has reviewed the UK's best touring theatre (and much of the west end) for this website since 2005.

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