In A Midsummer Night’s Dream Lysander and Hermia set off to elope to his aunt’s in the woods. They never make it there. Lysander’s aunt isn’t mentioned again. But who is this law-snubbing, free-loving aunty? What’s she doing in the bush? And what happens if the Athenian law come knocking at her door?
From the makers of The Bookbinder and The Road That Wasn’t There comes an irreverent reworking of Shakespeare’s play. In the tradition of Ophelia Thinks Harder and Rozencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, this new work turns the spotlight on perhaps Shakespeare’s most woefully underused character, offering an alternative version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Retaining the madness and magic of the original, whilst breaking down pretences around language, theatre and society, Lysander’s Aunty is a riotous clash of youth and middle age, of urban and rural identity, of conformity and rebellion playing out in the New Zealand bush.
The Court Theatre
28 March - 25 April 2020
Book tickets and find out more at www.courttheatre.org.nz
Ralph McCubbin Howell