A Midsummer Night's Dream
More hood than wood (but still not good)
This article is from 2010.
This year at the Fringe, the young and award-winning Shed Theatre Company give our favourite Shakespearean rom-com a contemporary twist. Poetic couplets become edgy rap rhythms and an urban dub-step dance-off is choreographed into the fairies' scene. The rude mechanicals carry a cheeky charm and Puc is a fiesty acrobat. Yet despite aiming to be more hood than wood, this production lacks in attitude and imagination. It falls short in the typical way that youth theatre performing Shakespeare falls short. Lines are declared not delivered, and awkwardly so: too poetic, too profound, and with too much gusto. Consequently both comic and intimate moments lack in imagination, and seem superficial, unconvincing.
Whilst the choreographed scenes are well disciplined, and there are some strong individual performances, the large part of it is spoiled by shuffling and fiddling. Shed Theatre claim to be living the ‘dream’, but could do with committing more to the ‘hood’ vibe (what happened to the drug taking and bitch fights?), and giving it a bit more naturalness to save from the realms of school production.
Venue 34 C Theatre, 0845 260 1234, 22-30 August, 3pm, £4.50-9.50