A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
So LEF student theatre group are at it again with their latest production, the second Shakespeare of the academic year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The original story portrays events surrounding the Athenian Theseus, the bloke who slayed the Minotaur, and his impending nuptials to Hippolyta, the queen of the legendary Amazons, (otherwise known as the first feminists) after defeating her in battle (not quite so feminist). These events include the amusing misadventures of the four young lovers; Helena, Hermia, Demetrius and Lysander in the forest, and the hilarious attempts of a group of actors known as Bottom, Snug and Flute, to put together a play for the wedding. Why is it all so confusing and hilarious? Because the characters are being manipulated and controlled by the fairies, Oberon and Puck. Oberon has had a falling out with his wife, Titania, queen of the fairies and as so everything has gone a tad awry.
However LEF, as they are an innovative and creative bunch, have made a few changes. This is NOT the traditional interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, rather, a radical reinterpretation of 21st century Midsummer.
Set in the world of corporate business, the two companies of THESEUSCo and HIPPOltd are set for a merger, though Hippolyta isn’t so sure about it… Will the merger go ahead?
Office romance causes problems for young clerks Helena as Lysander and Demetrius are both after Hermia… Will the lovers have a happy ending?
Work-place tensions between Oberon and Titania cause issues in the office…Will they ever work it out?
The dastardly duo security-officer Oberon and handyman Puck enjoy some recreational, urm, paraphernalia…but will their drug fuelled adventures end in misadventure?
And lastly, will the entrepreneurs get financing from Thesia and Hippolytus after their interesting pitch at the merger for a grand scale blockbuster, starring Bottom as the ill-fated Pyramus?
After the success of December’s Twelfth Night (http://www.voxleiden.com/#!twelth-night/c22y) you’ll have the chance to see some of your favourites again. Lotte Lemstra (previously playing Malvolio) will be reprising the role of ‘comic fall-guy’ Bottom, the arrogant actor, and Marijn de Jong (previously Sir Toby) will be the amusingly pitiable Helena, not to mention all the other very talented actors of LEF. Directed by Alexandra Van Kampen, the mastermind and director behind the amazing Roxy Horror performed last year, and Liduine de Graaff, this will be a quality performance.
Having seen the rudimentary rehearsals in Vieringen a few weeks ago, I thought it was great then, so after many more rehearsals it can only be brilliant now!
Theatre Ins Blau, May 3rd and 4th from 20.45pm
Tickets will be available from the ticket stand in the Lipsius entrance one week prior to performance