A GLORIOUSLY sunny day was the perfect build-up to Shakespeare’s whimsical tale of passion and folly in the woods.
From the offset Stage2’s young actors blew out of the water any prior expectations that youth theatre might be below par.
The cast of 7 - 21 year-olds were without exception superb. With such young actors you could forgive a forgotten line or a trip on the stage. However their exemplary performances rendered such an attitude unnecessary; they were flawless throughout.
Moreover they entertained, putting on a fabulously bawdy interpretation of the story that had the audience wiping away tears of laughter.
It was not too long ago that I was in Stratford watching the RSC perform the same play, and it is not unfair to mention Stage2’s performance in the same breath.
Adrian Richards deserves a place in a leading company if his portrayal of the hapless Bottom is anything to go by. There was nothing mechanical about him as he careered around the stage from disaster to disaster.
The story follows four lovers as they are unwittingly tormented by playful fairies in the woods outside Athens.
As the title suggests the play has a dream-like quality to it which the set design complemented. Every inch of it was utilised by the young thespians as the story culminated in the farcical ‘play within a play’ of Bottom and his fellow labourers.
The whole show was a testament to the schooling that Stage2 has provided, but credit must go to the young cast, of which there must be a fair few stars of the future.