Saturday 3 June 2023

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Four thwarted lovers seek to escape the confines of their restricted lives. Into the woods they go, only to find themselves unwittingly caught up in a long running feud between a fairy king and queen. Six trusty workers are off to the woods too – to rehearse a play to celebrate a royal marriage but it’s midsummer night - magic is abroad and anything can happen.

Photography: Andrew Evans

"So, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was an absolute masterpiece! Where do I start? Well, first off, the cast were top notch! It was hard for me to pick a favourite character, because they were all wonderful, and it was clear to me that a lot of fun must've been had delivering the whimsical dialogue! I also thought the set was fantastic, with sliding doors, curtains, and additional pieces which allowed it to be moved seamlessly between a stately garden and a wild forest ruled by mischievous, unpredictable spirits! The chemistry amongst the characters felt so genuine and sincere. It seems the actors have a great rapport with each other, which is always lovely to see! All these elements are proof that Shakespeare, when done right, is amazing! Thank you all for an unforgettable performance, and I wish you all the best for your final show tonight!" Lola

"This is a lively, confident and joyful production of one of our best known plays which will reward the audience whether it is the first or the fiftieth time they have seen the ‘Dream’. It is a brave show with lots of physical theatre and a good fast pace throughout. Norwich audiences are usually respectfully silent during a show, but there were many scenes that deserved the spontaneous round of applause they got tonight. Above all it is a great bit of theatre in a charming venue." Julian Swainson, Norwich Eye (click here for full review)

"What an amazing production you have pulled off at the Barn! So energetic, physical even... and magic! I could say Puck stole the show last night but equally so did the set. Phil is astonishingly talented, rendering the transformation from palace to forest so effortless! It was rich and beautiful. Costumes were stunningly good, lighting and music too. Congratulations! Much enjoyed by us all." Shelagh & Alan

 "I loved the production.  The best I've seen of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and I've seen several over the years!" Andrew Evans (production photographer)

"Thank You Sewell Barn Theatre for a fantastic performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream last night, where our PTFA had the pleasure of attending alongside some of our Yr7 & Yr9 students. It was fast-paced and funny and there were many moments when our students were laughing out loud. A particular hit was Bottom's time as an ass and his dramatic death in the hilarious scene 'The Most Lamentable Deaths of Pyramus and Thisbe'. Why not read the rave reviews for yourself, and then get your hands on a couple of the few remaining tickets for one of this weekend's performances?" Sewell Park Academy

"Our congratulations to everyone - an absolutely brilliant performance - the body language / facial expressions were amazing - I am not sure how many bruises the actors ended up with! As always, the Staging was so creative - I always think we should applaud during the changeovers!" Roy & Eva

"What a glorious romp! Well done all!" Robin

"It was amazing. Perfect. We’re still laughing!Chris

"Saw this today and have to say it was absolutely brilliant. All the cast were engaged and the comedy timing was priceless. It was gripping from the offset and never failed to please. You should all be extremely proud. 10/10." Jamie

"A collection of wonderful performances from a troupe of experienced and talented actors, all of whom demonstrated their ability to extract the maximum from this most well-known of pieces." East Anglian Theatre Podcast - click here for full review

"Many congratulations on a wonderful production! Rob Tiffin - I was aching with laughter!Robin

"The heart is the poetry and the performances... there is plenty of physicality and big belly laughs, making for a very entertaining evening." James Goffin, Cultivated (click here for full review)

"Really enjoyed the production! First time to Sewell Barn - really friendly people and a fun evening!!" Chris

"I've not laughed so much in ages.. loved it.. the whole cast were great." Ruth

"Really enjoyed the show last night. And the sets were amazing."Imogen

"Splendid production of the 'Dream'... Lively, fun production for all ages. Recommended." June

"So glad I pulled out all the stops to see the last show. An amazing cast . A wonderful dreamy escape, full of emotions. The Theatre lends itself to the experience too. A true Gem in Theatre land ." Andrew

There were so many lovely comments that we had to photograph the board at the end of the first week, wipe it off and start again!