A Midsummer Night’s Dream 11.13
Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Qingdao at the SY Theater on November 13, 2011. The stage show is presented by Milky Way and British theater group TNT (more info below). SY Theater is in Taidong near the Weihai Lu Pedestrian Street on Shunxing Lu. Check here for Google map info.
When: November 13, 7.30 pm
Venue: SY Theater
Location: 26 Shunxing Lu / 顺兴路26号
Tickets: 120 – 260 yuan (RMB), Students 60
More info on TNT production of Midsummer Night’s Dream:
Shakespeare’s most popular comedy deserves its reputation, for here the “lunatic, the lover and the poet” combine with the magical world to create a perfect mix of comedy and romance. The play was written in 1596 as a celebration of a marriage and remains a timeless exploration of love in all its wonder and foolishness. It is also a fertility rite and a blessing on the children that love will spawn. Its conflict is rooted in the battle of the sexes. Our production begins by dramatising the conquest of the Amazon Queen by Theseus and links the final comedy of Pyramus and Thisby to the drama. The fairy wood is a dangerous place, dangerous and exciting in the same way that Theseus’s Athens is dangerous and sterile. Shakespeare happily mixes traditional English spirits with classical heroes and fantastic creatures. What unites these traditions is paganism and that energy lies at the root of our production. Bottom is perhaps Shakespeare’s greatest clown. In our production he will be played not just as a man consumed by vanity, but as a man trying to understand love without understanding himself.
The production will combine music, dance and song with powerful conflict that demonstrates not just the joy but also the pain and madness of love. The play is full of energy and that energy will be released through more than words. Too often the play becomes an excuse for easy laughter and is neither believable nor are its themes and characters united. We will attempt to unify the themes and characters and link the serious with the comic to create an original but faithful version of Shakespeare’s finest comedy.
TNT theatre was founded in 1980 in Britain and since has established itself as one of the most popular international touring theatre companies in the world. Last season alone the company produced seven productions in almost thirty countries worldwide, ranging from Shakespeare classics such as ROMEO & JULIET to their own new play HITLER KILLED MY CANARY, from works by contemporary artists such as Paul Auster’s MOON PALACE to the classic seasonal show: Dickens’ CHRISTMAS CAROL. Since 1993 the company has been in collaboration with the American Drama Group Europe.
The artistic director of TNT is Paul Stebbings, whose work has won many awards at, for example, the Munich Biennale, the Edinburgh Festival, the Tehran Festival and from the government of Singapore. Other notable festivals in which the company has participated are the International Off-Broadway Festival in New York, the Tokyo International Theatre festival and the summer festival of the British National Theatre. TNT has also collaborated on co-productions with major venues such as the Athens Concert Hall and the St Petersburg State Comedy Theatre.
The company style aims to integrate all the performing arts. TNT productions always include a specially commissioned score by a leading composer. The director always works with a choreographer and the ensemble actors are chosen for their ability to cross the disciplines of theatre, music and dance.
Excerpts from TNT Britain – An Introduction and Manifesto by Paul Stebbings:
In 1980 three unemployed actors borrowed a small car and set off on a tour of Britain. They called the company TNT – The New Theatre – and by 2008 that same company is known as “the most popular theatre company in the world” (China National TV) performing in over thirty countries on three continents in 2008 alone.
The same principles that made The London Guardian call the “the most interesting development on the current theatrical scene” back in TNT’s first year are present almost thirty years later as indeed are two of the original members: director (then actor) Paul Stebbings and dramaturg Phil Smith. TNT present a dynamic actor based style of theatre that rejects television based realism in favour of fantasy, imagination, physicality and a muscular approach to serious text. We also like a good laugh. Since 1984 TNT have been exploring music theatre and every production includes a new score. TNT’s first composer was John Kenny and he is still with us. Paul Flush and Thomas Johnson compose for the company too.
We are a physical theatre company, and all the original actors trained in the Grotowski method in Britain and Poland. We aim to combine all the performing arts. TNT’s choreographer since 1992 is Eric Tessier Lavigne.
TNT invented a word “audiencentric” – theatre is for you, our public. The relationship essential in our theatre is not between actor and text, or actor and actor, or actor and director or even designer and director but actor and audience. Simple. And the greatest weapon in TNT’s armoury is your imagination, not ours.
Theatre is a language, we happen to be English so we use a lot of English.
We perform anywhere to anyone … our technical requirement is an audience.
We share a vision of theatre as a global force for positive change: live art for all.
Milky Way Productions