Blewbury Players have just celebrated the 40th anniversary of summer productions at Orchard Dene Garden Theatre. An amazing week of magic and sunshine created by over 100 people on and off stage presenting every performance to sell out audiences. Its been wonderful.
A word from our director Laura Baggaley
“This is my third production with the Blewbury Players and I was thrilled to be invited to direct again, particularly in this extra-special year when we celebrate forty years of the Blewbury Players and four hundred years since William Shakespeare’s death. Coincidentally the Blewbury Players began in the year of my own birth, so for me it’s a triple celebration!
Shakespeare has always been a great love of mine, and a key part of my directing training was as Assistant Director at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, where I worked on six productions of various Shakespeare plays – including, inevitably, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In past years I’ve directed The Winter’s Tale and Twelfth Night with the Blewbury Players and I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to direct a Dream of my own!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is quite simply the perfect play for this beautiful theatre, a brilliant story full of action and passion and humour and magic.
“The actors are at hand, and by their show you shall know all that you are like to know.”
Laura was joined by Andrew London, who will support her as movement director. Andrew is very involved in physical theatre. He has worked with The National Theatre in various productions, perhaps most noticeably as the front puppeteer of Joey, the hero of Warhorse, in their production for more performances than anyone else.
Jay Hirst was the designer for this production and has designed our wonderful poster.