Cast Announced for Propeller Theatre's POCKET DREAM UK Tour, Beginning Sept 8
Casting has been announced for Pocket Dream, a sixty minute version of Propeller's critically-acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Darrell Brockis, James Tucker, Matthew McPherson and Lewis Hart will all revisit their roles from the 2013/14 tour, joined by Propeller stalwart Finn Hanlon and newcomer Antony Jardine. The production will be directed by Edward Hall.
Propeller's 60-minute version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will begin its UK tour at the E M Forster Theatre in Tonbridge on 8 September, touring to schools, theatres and other venues around the country until November.
Pocket Dream is a revival of the first ever production in the Pocket Propeller initiative, which began in 2009 and is designed to provide the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young people. Previous Pocket Propeller shows have included Pocket Comedy (a version of The Comedy of Errors), Pocket Merchant (The Merchant of Venice) and Pocket Henry V.
Propeller's award-winning production of A Midsummer Night's Dream has played to packed houses around the world. Love and illusion collide in Shakespeare's most magical play, when two pairs of lovers become entangled in fairy mischief on the eve of a Royal Wedding. Dreams and reality become interchangeable within the romantic chaos that ensues, and misplaced passions are ignited as appearances become ever more deceptive.
Pocket Propeller is the ideal introduction not only to Shakespeare, but also to the thrill and excitement of theatre. It aims to deliver a first class theatrical experience in a compact but uncompromised 60 minutes. The ensemble creates a relaxed and engaging atmosphere in which to enjoy the performance, as well encouraging the audience to give a frank and uninhibited response in an open talkback session afterwards.
A free Pocket Dream education pack is available to download at: www.propeller.org.uk.
PROPELLER seeks to find a more engaging way of expressing Shakespeare and to more completely explore the relationship between text and performance. Mixing a rigorous approach to the text with a modern physical aesthetic, they have been influenced by mask work, animation and classic and modern film and music from all ages. Productions are directed by Edward Hall and designed by Michael Pavelka. Propeller has toured internationally to Australia, Bangladesh, China, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the USA.
In September 2012, Propeller launched Propeller Play - a unique, interactive microsite designed to enhance the Propeller experience, taking users "backstage" to discover more about the company. Propeller Play can be found at propeller.org.uk/play. The website has separate areas dedicated to Sound & Lighting, Music, Acting, Directing, Costume, Design and Production, as well as an Out-Takes section. For educational groups, it is the ideal accompaniment to a visit to the theatre, allowing pupils to learn more about the process of putting together a production and the various roles involved.
Oberon/Nick Bottom Darrell Brockis
Demetrius/Peter Quince Finn Hanlon
Puck/Francis Flute Lewis Hart
Lysander/Tom Snout Antony Jardine
Hermia/Snug Matthew McPherson
Titania/Helena/Robin Starveling James Tucker
Note: Running time - 60 minutes, plus a 40-minute post-show talkback.
Mon 8 Sept 7.30pm
TONBRIDGE EM FORSTER THEATRE
Wed 10 Sept 1.00pm & 7.00pm
BRIDPORT ARTS CENTRE
Wed 17 Sept 1.30pm & 8.00pm
LYME REGIS MARINE THEATRE
Tue 23 Sept 1.30pm & 7.30pm
Thu 25 - Fri 26 Sept 11.00am & 2.00pm
0116 242 3595
Mon 29 Sept 1.30pm
SHERINGHAM LITTLE THEATRE
Mon 29 Sept 7.30pm, Tues 30th Sept 10.15am
Wed 1 Oct 1.30pm & 7.30pm
GREAT YARMOUTH, ST GEORGE'S THEATRE
Thu 2 Oct 10.30am
KING'S LYNN ARTS CENTRE
Wed 8 Oct 2.00pm & 7.30pm
BEDFORD THE PLACE
Fri 10 Oct 1.30pm & 8.00pm
023 9247 2700
Sat 11 Oct 3.00pm (relaxed performance) & 7.30pm
NOTTINGHAM BONINGTON THEATRE
Tue 14 Oct 1.30pm & 7.00pm
0844 406 8666
Wed 15 Oct 1.30pm & 8.00pm
SALISBURY ARTS CENTRE
Thu 16 Oct 7.30pm
HEDGE END THE BERRY THEATRE
023 8065 2333
Fri 17 Oct 1.30pm & 7.00pm
CHIPPING NORTON THEATRE
Sat 25 Oct 7.30pm
ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE
01970 62 32 32
Mon 3 Nov 2.00pm
LONDON VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
0800 912 6961
Fri 7 Nov 8.00pm
GUILDFORD THE ELECTRIC THEATRE