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Cast Announced for Propeller Theatre's POCKET DREAM UK Tour, Beginning Sept 8

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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.

CAST:

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.

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES:

Mon 8 Sept 7.30pm

TONBRIDGE EM FORSTER THEATRE

01732 304241

boxoffice.tonbridge-school.co.uk

Wed 10 Sept 1.00pm & 7.00pm

BRIDPORT ARTS CENTRE

01308 424204

bridport-arts.com

Wed 17 Sept 1.30pm & 8.00pm

LYME REGIS MARINE THEATRE

01297 442138

marinetheatre.com

Tue 23 Sept 1.30pm & 7.30pm

CANTERBURY GULBENKIAN

01227 769075

thegulbenkian.co.uk

Thu 25 - Fri 26 Sept 11.00am & 2.00pm

LEICESTER CURVE

0116 242 3595

curveonline.co.uk

Mon 29 Sept 1.30pm

SHERINGHAM LITTLE THEATRE

01263 822347

sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Mon 29 Sept 7.30pm, Tues 30th Sept 10.15am

NORWICH PLAYHOUSE

01603 598598

norwichplayhouse.co.uk

Wed 1 Oct 1.30pm & 7.30pm

GREAT YARMOUTH, ST GEORGE'S THEATRE

01493 331484

stgeorgestheatre.com

Thu 2 Oct 10.30am

KING'S LYNN ARTS CENTRE

01553 764864

kingslynnarts.co.uk

Wed 8 Oct 2.00pm & 7.30pm

BEDFORD THE PLACE

01234 354321

theplacebedford.org.uk

Fri 10 Oct 1.30pm & 8.00pm

HAVANT SPRING

023 9247 2700

thespring.co.uk

Sat 11 Oct 3.00pm (relaxed performance) & 7.30pm

NOTTINGHAM BONINGTON THEATRE

0115 9670114

bonington-theatre.co.uk

Tue 14 Oct 1.30pm & 7.00pm

POOLE LIGHTHOUSE

0844 406 8666

lighthousepoole.co.uk

Wed 15 Oct 1.30pm & 8.00pm

SALISBURY ARTS CENTRE

01722 321744

salisburyartscentre.co.uk

Thu 16 Oct 7.30pm

HEDGE END THE BERRY THEATRE

023 8065 2333

theberrytheatre.co.uk

Fri 17 Oct 1.30pm & 7.00pm

CHIPPING NORTON THEATRE

01608 642350

chippingnortontheatre.co.uk

Sat 25 Oct 7.30pm

ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE

01970 62 32 32

aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

Mon 3 Nov 2.00pm

LONDON VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

0800 912 6961

Vam.ac.uk

Fri 7 Nov 8.00pm

GUILDFORD THE ELECTRIC THEATRE

01483 444789

electrictheatre.co.uk

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