The Reversed Shakespeare Company are raising funds for their debut production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' which will be performing at The Pleasance Theatre in London from the 16th - 27th March, 2016.
Your donation will help to cover the preproduction costs, such as, venue hire, rehearsal space, set, props and costumes. We want to cover these costs so that all our Box Office proceeds can be split between our cast and our creative team, who are otherwise giving their time for free to make this production possible.
Why is this work important?
'Dream' will highlight how much more both genders are capable of and confront biases audiences didn’t know they had. Assumptions like ‘men can’t be vulnerable’ and ‘women can’t chase’ will be confronted through truthful performances, enabled by actors playing characters traditionally ascribed to the opposite gender.
The Reversed Shakespeare Company perform Shakespeare with the gender of each character switched, with a view to examining and expanding gender roles. How do woman woo and can men be wooed? Is vulnerability only reserved for the physically weak?
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Magic, love, mischief and madness abound in Shakespeare’s bestloved comedy. A new, exciting and important re-telling; it's Dream, but not as you know it.
In these woods a man chases a woman demanding that she love him. Five incompetent women try, and fail, to put on a play to impress the royals. The king of the fairies falls madly in love with a woman disguised as a donkey. Come join us. You just might end up dreaming differently.
Director: Laura Jasper
Production Designer: Samuel Wilde
Producer: Philippa Kane
Artistic Directors: Matt Maltby, Lindsay Dukes, Cassie Webb.
It's important to the company that this is a theatre production that starts conversations and discussions around gender-stereotyping. In view of this we’ll be creating content for our blog on gender-issues and Shakespeare as well as hosting two panel discussions.
Tuesday 22nd March, Breaking Gender Stereotypes: Funny Women and Vulnerable Men
How do gender stereotypes and gendered language affect individuals and the world around us? What happens when we allow men and women to experience things they're not 'supposed' to?
Thursday 24th March, Gender and Casting Classics: The Future
How does the casting of classic texts allow them to adapt to modern times? Is it possible to use gender-bending, gender-blind and gender-fluid casting in texts that are steeped in history? How does the casting classic texts relate to an increasingly open-minded world?
Thank you so much for generously supporting our production and coming on this journey with us!