"A Midsummer Night's Dream"
By Feelgood Theatre Productions
Outdoor promenade performance in Heaton Park
July / August 2007
Set in the 1950’s this production took the audience on a magical walk-about journey into the hidden dells of the park to discover the rich comedy and magical enchantment of Shakespeare’s best loved play. This famous story of spirits and spells, tricks and potions, lovers lost and found and a perfectly happy ending was a delight for all.
The revels of a rock and roll band of mechanicals dazzled with their singing in Feelgood’s celebrated a cappella ‘do wop’ style and the lover’s wooing game was witnessed as they zoomed around on bicycles.
Cast: Eve Robertson (Puck), Richard Ashton (Theseus/Oberon), Fiona Paul (Hippolyta/Titania), Jill Kemp (Hermia), Rosie Mason (Helena), Dan Willis (Lysander), Lewis Hayes (Demetrius), Antony Bessick (Nick Bottom), Trevor Brown (Peter Quince), Clive Moore (Francis Flute/Egeus), Philip Wallace (Robin Starvelling), Heather Johnson (Tom Snout), Danny Topham (Snug), Sonya Moorhead (Cobweb), Alex Harding (Mustardseed/Philostrate), Roz Norbury (Moth), Claire Disley (Peaseblossom), Hazel Roy (Fairy).
Caroline Clegg (Producer/Director), Lisa Mildenhall (Company Administrator/Front of House Manager), Faith Watson (Musical Director), Allison Clarke (Designer), Alison Eyers (Costume Designer), Hazel Roy (Marketing Director), Kate Waters (Fight Director), Shona Wright (Production Company Manager), Rosalind Chappelle (Stage Manager), Peter Mildenhall (Distribution Executive), Pauline Mildenhall (Wardrobe Maintenance), Sonya Moorhead (Acting ASM), Danny Topham (Acting ASM), Jenna Omeltschenko (ASM), Ray Shone (ASM), Yvonne Sewell (Front of House Assistant Manager), Andrew Simpkins, Liam Packham, Declan Kirkwood and Carly Moorhouse (Front of House Assistants), Dave Kirkwood (Photographer and Blog Designer).
What the Press Said:
“Feelgood are a jewel in Manchester’s theatrical crown. For over a decade, they’ve created award-winning productions and for the past eight years have mounted a series of unique outdoor, promenade family shows in Heaton Park. This year, Feelgood’s founder Caroline Clegg… has launched Manchester’s first open air repertory season in the park… There’s magic to seeing this tale of spirits and spells, love lost and found and woodland mischief in the open-air… this is a real ensemble piece and marvellous stuff to boot.”
Manchester Evening News
“Theatre in the park has never been so magical… As an experiment I took along a six year old, a ten year old, a 12 year old and a 70 year old, who all had to be dragged away after the firework-filled ending. Accessible theatre at its best.”
“Watching theatre in the outdoors is a uniquely enjoyable experience and Feelgood want to make their summer shows in Heaton Park a regular event. As an outdoor theatre convert, come rain or shine, I’m hoping their dream comes true.”