If you are looking to revive an interest in the great Bard or a new way to engage your offspring or pupils in the great works of British Theatre, then your answer is here.
Visually stunning, beautifully crafted and wonderfully entertaining; Propeller Theatre truly arrived at The Theatre Royal last night. From the outset of the children’s nursery tune it was clear that the emphasis would be on their trade mark comedy, physical theatre and great story telling. The audience were not disappointed and the company never lost the heart and soul of this romantic tale.
There are few who do not know the story of Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius, their unrequited love and how a wander into an enchanted forest leads to much confusion, heartache and eventual resolution.
At the helm of these magical activities is Puck (Joseph Chance) a vibrant boy relishing his fun, under the control of Oberon (Darrell Brockis.) The central characters Hermia (Matthew Mcpherson,) Helena (Dan Wheeler,) Demetrius (Arthur Wilson) and Lysander (Richard Pepper) are all faultless, the chaotic cat fight in Act 2 between Hermia and Helena is both exhausting and utterly honest. I have seen the play many times but never has the language been so clear, the unravelling of Hermia when criticised for her height quite brilliant. For once the mechanicals provide great support without stealing the show, a balance that reflects the comedic heights achieved in this outstanding production.
This is a remarkable all male company who morph between ensemble and principal characters alike, the music is captivating and the direction of the company over the multi level set quite magical. Edward Hall (Director) has created a breathtaking fairytale which cavorts with endless energy through the piece; beautifully lit by Ben Ormerod, whose work can also be seen in The Ustinov this season the vision is complete with a design straight out of classic children’s story book (Michael Pavelka.)
If you see one show this season make it this, the magic will stay with you for a long time to come.