A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
I have to admit, when I was first told about the new concept for A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Office, I was a little perturbed. Office decorators instead of fairies? Madness! I cried. However, Alex and Liduine, the directors of the production, really pulled it off. Somehow, very cleverly and with a little tweaking of the lines, it actually did fit, and not only that, it was hilarious.
There were some really stand-out moments; the lewd innuendos of Puck and Oberon who had brilliant chemistry, unlike in any performance I’ve seen before, Hermia and Helena’s scremaing cat-fight, not to mention Demetrius and Lysander’s almost cat-fight with golf club and ukelele at the ready, Hippolytus and Thesia’s sizzling board- room romance, and, speaking of sizzling, Titania in a smoking hot red skirt suit.
In her time honoured role of comic fall guy, Lotte Lemstra played Bottom, an arrogant and somewhat stupid actor who takes over Peter Quince’s group of actors. And in case you were wondering, even though it was set in the office, Bottom still became the ass he always was…with the traditional donkey’s head. Sometime you just have to stick with the classics!
The play finally came to its climax with probably the most innovative aspect of its modern re-working – and one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, I literally could not stop cackling – a film version of the actors’ Pyramus and Thisbe starring, you guessed it, Bottom. And a cat.