If you are the equivalent of a modern-day yup, where time is money but culture is still your delight, then this bite-sized play is just the ticket.
In fact the vast majority of the audience appreciating ‘A Pocket Dream’ at Poole’s Lighthouse theatre were students and young enthusiasts getting a quick intake of Shakespeare with this short but sweet version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. This philosophy is exactly what the creative team was designed to do, an easy introduction and to educate in snappy fashion.
Performed by Propeller’s all-male cast and directed by Edward Hall this inspiring and well thought-out dramatisation touches on the intense and imaginative world of Shakespeare’s comedy and delivers in spades.
With a basic monochrome set, which reflects very cleverly with the dream and reality set within the play, and dreaming in black and white. There are nuances of Blackadder in the humour of this rendition, which had the crowd in stitches at many points throughout. Funny walks, exaggerated text, men dressed as women and a well-pronounced ‘Ding Dong’ never fails to excite the audience. The donkey scene being one that is truly ‘mad as a bicycle’.
A surprising and joyously over-the-top ‘Crazy in Love’ outburst of masculinity leaves them strutting their stuff and shaking their booty, fitting effortlessly into this slightly wild show.
The play skips merrily along taking the most dramatic sections of this well-loved story into its realm; fairies, enchanted woodlands, duels, Duke, Duchesses, Kings, Queens, chastity, love, despair, abandonment and a perfect wedding. With heightened status and theatrical expression all that is magical in the script mirrors very sweetly in this production.
Sixty minutes up and the boy band clean up and sit handsomely in front of the crowd for 20 minutes or so for Q & A’s. The first question from the youngest and most vocal giggler of the crowd simply asks ‘Why are you so funny? Hesitating and expecting a modest response the cast accredit Shakespeare himself to the wealth of hilarity he still maintains to give to crowds throughout the globe. There is never a bad time to reinvigorate yourself with the pleasures of Shakey and like many time is precious but this fantastic idea and well-observed short cut gives you no excuse not to dabble.
Words by Wendy Armstrong