The action is a re-working of A Midsummer Night's Dream in a quiet Somerset village surrounded by woodland on the eve of the summer solstice in 1915.
A young scruff of a local lad, Jack, is caught up in a woodland spat between Angel and Sylvia, the punkish tribal leaders of the woodlanders. Two young middle-class couples are tangled in romantic confusion. And the lord of the manor is celebrating his birthday with a patriotic pageant of St George to be performed by the local tradesmen and farm boys.
The Dreaming was specially commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre and was first performed in 2001. It was directed then by Jeremy James Taylor, who now directs this world premiere schools performance with KCS Theatre Company.
‘An organic, tightly realised achievement of power, beauty and immense significance… Benjamin Britten's great opera based on Shakespeare's comedy will always stay in the repertoire. But I predict a very rosy future for this rival piece, more suited to young actors and their voices, but equally shot through with yearning, melody, charm and comic jauntiness.’
Michael Coveney for the Daily Mail
November 2004 Thu 25, Fri 26, Sat 27 (Gala) at 7.30pm
Sun 28 at 2.30pm
Box Office: 020 8255 5444
Collyer Hall Theatre
King’s College School, Southside, Wimbledon Common,
London SW19 4TT
A musical based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Music by Howard Goodall
Book and lyrics by Charles Hart
Directed by Jeremy James Taylor
Musically directed by Jessica Cottis
Choreographed by Sophie Smith
Performed by KCS Theatre Company.