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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Queen Margaret's whole school production, on stage 23rd - 26th March 2022.

A note from QM's Director of Drama, Mary Griffin...

"For the first time in many years, I have been presented with the exciting opportunity to direct a Whole School Production. Girls from Year I right through to UVI will come together to produce a magical rendition of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

The early days of rehearsals were a little stunted and awkward with some nervous laughter and shocked expressions as I asked a Year III Hermia to hug a LVI Lysander (scandalous!); but little by little it has been wonderful to see the girls growing in confidence and forming friendships they would never have thought possible before.

The second biggest challenge our cast has faced, of course, has been the Shakespearian language. Barely a line was uttered in any early rehearsal which didn’t end with, “What?!” But our girls have coped admirably with the language and I hope their hard work allows you, our audience, to enjoy the play for the romantic farce that it is.

Backstage, our ever-growing Stage Crew of girls from Years III-UVI have been busy designing lighting, sound, set and props and they will be operating all of these on show night! It has been so encouraging to see Year III students directing UVI around the props and LVI students proudly telling me about the lights they have rigged and focused. (Although, half the excitement seems to come from getting to go on the gantry!)

It has been wonderful to direct a show again without the worry of bubbles and social distancing, and with only a handful of isolations to thwart us, I believe we will emerge with a truly magical production. I hope you can join us and enjoy the performance as much as I have enjoyed directing it."

Performances will be held in QM's Chapman Theatre on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 23rd March at 19:30 (Drinks Reception from 19:00)
  • Thursday 24th March at 19:30 (Drinks Reception from 19:00)
  • Friday 25th March at 19:30 (Drinks Reception from 19:00)
  • Saturday 26th March at 19:30. (Drinks Reception from 19:00)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Poster

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