Rob Olver, Ursula O'Grady, Warren O'Brien, Ken Corbitt, Karen Freeman, May Guinea, Rhiannon Francis and Georgena Stobbie actors in Murwillumbah theatre company's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Rob Olver, Ursula O'Grady, Warren O'Brien, Ken Corbitt, Karen Freeman, May Guinea, Rhiannon Francis and Georgena Stobbie actors in Murwillumbah theatre company's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Nolan Verheij-Full

Traditional Shakespeare and flash mob bound for Mur'bah

IT HAS been 450 years since the birth of the world's most famous playwright in Stratford-upon-Avon, southern England, and from his prose in A Midsummer Night's Dream it's easy to see why Shakespeare's themes still capture the hearts of modern audiences.

That's not to say the layering of Shakespeare's complex prose is easy to understand or to master.

Rehearsals have been held three times a week at the Murwillumbah Theatre Club theatre for actors to rehearse the verses of the five-act play, ahead of it's opening on May 23.

"It's a huge commitment, especially for the main actors. There's a lot of lines and complex language," director Lydia Plim said.

According to Mrs Plim the production will be "the first Shakespearean play delivered in full, in the Tweed Valley and Murwillumbah".

"It's a magical comedy, and a beautiful script, which looks at life's most complicated emotion, love. But it's also very funny," Mrs Plim said.

The play stars Opera on the Beach singer Melanie Smart as Hermia, Mark Long as Lysander, Rachael Gorham as Helena, Reuben Mitchell as Demetrius Yasi Rassam as Puk.

 

What's on

May 10: Preview, Murwillumbah Library 10am

Flash mob Murwillumbah, 11am

May 17: Preview Sunnyside Mall 10am

Tweed River Art Gallery 2:30pm

May 23: Gala Opening, Murwillumbah Civic Centre 7:30pm

Dress: Formal or Shakespeare character

Tickets $15 adults, $6 school students

More: murwillumbahtheatrecompany.com



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