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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Presented in association with the Artscape and National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

Playwright: William Shakespeare

Direction & Set Design: Fred Abrahamse

Costume Design: Marcel Meyer

Lighting Design: Faheem Bardien

Laser Design: Ian Powell

Soundscape: Charl-Johan Lingenfelder

Puppet design and construction: Fred Abrahamse & Marcel Meyer

Photography: Fiona MacPherson, Pat Bromilow-Downing & Bronwyn Lloyd

2012 Cast: Marcel Meyer, Chi Mhende, Nicholas Andrews, Sizwe Msutu, Zondwa Njokweni, James MacGregor, Anelisa Phewa, Hannah Borthwick, David Dennis, Luthando Mthi, Mdu Kweyama, Wiseman Sithole, Sipho Vara, Malafane Moshuli

2013 Cast: Terence Bridgett, Marcel Meyer, Kim Cloete, Sven Ruygrok, Sizwe Msutu, Sondwa Njokweni, James MacGregor, Nicholas Campbell, Hannah Borthwick, Luthando Mthi, Mdu Kweyama, Wiseman Sitole, Sipho Vara, Malefane Moshuli

Venues:  Artscape Theatre [April 2012] National Arts Festival, Grahamstown [July 2012] Maynardville Open-Air Theatre [2013]

About: Shakespeare best-loved comedy gets an African make-over. Set on an African game-lodge this ever-green comedy sees Bottom transformed into a Zebra rather than a donkey.

What the Press said:

“This production tears Shakespeare off the pages and into a riotous romp for all to enjoy… Innovative set design, sumptuously designed costumes and a highly accomplished cast ensure both dreamers and their dreams outlast a midsummer night” THE CAPE TIMES


“One of the Bard’s most famous comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is meant to keep the audience in stiches. Under the guidance of director Fred Abrahamse, the talented cast delivered performances that were almost laugh-a-minute.” CAPE ARGUS


“Shakespeare’s Dream comes alive with a unique and playful African flavour…Under the keen eye of award-winning director Fred Abrahamse and designer Marcel Meyer, the set is hugely enhanced by dazzling lights, breathtakingly whimsical costumes and fantastic make-up – all of which makes this production truly shine.” WHATS ON IN CAPE TOWN



Best Supporting Actor – David Dennis as Nick Bottom [nomination]

Best Lighting Design – Faheem Bardien [nomination]

Best Original Score – Charl-Johan Lingenfelder [nomination]

Outstanding Lighting Design – Patrick Huber [nomination]


Best Supporting Actor – Terence Bridgett as Nick Bottom [nomination]

Best Supporting Actress – Hannah Borthwick as Helena [nomination]

Best Puppetry Design – Fred Abrahamse & Marcel Meyer [nomination]

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