A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakeshorts presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a laugh-out-loud show full of mayhem, songs and puppetry that brings fun and learning to Shakespeare. It’s an interactive piece, with the kids participating in the action, driving the show. In this way, they come to understand the story, the characters and the themes in the play, whilst also starting to understand some of Shakespeare’s language.
The show was originally performed with great success at ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival 2016 and has since been performed multiple times including under the Culture Pass 2017 and 2018. In 2017 it was nominated for a Premju Ghall-Arti for Best Work for Children and Young Audiences.
The show is seen by teachers as a great way to introduce kids to the works of Shakespeare. It is specically designed to provide Maltese children with a memorable, fun and educational introduction to Shakespeare.
The ease at which the story unfolds and the way in which the audience is drawn in using deceptively simple storytelling techniques, means that it is entirely possible for kids to forget that they are watching a Shakespeare play. Therefore the barriers of Shakespearian language fall away. There is nothing to take the audience out of the story. They remain engaged at all times.
Shakeshorts presents A Midsummer Night's Dream was nominated for a Premju għall-Arti (national arts award) 2018 for "Best Work for Children and Young Audiences."
DATES: Available on request
DURATION: 40 minute performance
VENUE: The event can tour schools and can be performed at any hall /school theatre.
AUDIENCE: maximum of 120 / Suggested classes:: Year 9 to 11
Shakeshorts presents A Midsummer Night's Dream was commissioned by and first performed at ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People, in November 2016