Tooting: urban, edgy - and now cultural hotspot! My 13 year old son stunned me by asking if I could take him to see a Shakespeare play he'd enjoy. Any requests, I asked? Yes, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Time Out's listing showed that there was an imminent production of said play in a few days on our doorstep. Being an SW17 resident I got my tickets for a mere £9 each and duly arrived - with a few misgivings that it would be up to scratch. Dear Reader - it was fantastic!! This production is everything Shakespeare would love: fun, frolicsome, saucy, hilariously funny, and hugely entertaining. The acting was superb (really, everyone was a star), costumes were inventive and witty, the set was amazing (we started off inside in a recreation of Tooting Common, complete with bits of rubbish!) then outside on bales of hay, then back inside for the final scene. The Thankyous on the programme told a story of community solidarity and support which made this Dream possible. Seriously, guys - thank you so much for an amazing night. My 11 and 13 year olds loved every minute and are now up for more Shakespeare. You can't get a better review than that...
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Until Sat Sep 7 2013
Time Out says
Posted: Tue Jul 30 2013
Tooting Arts Club, which was responsible for last year's hit, Offie-winning show 'Barbarians' takes on its first classical text with this production of Shakespeare's fun, fairy story filled with mistaken love and frolics. The show is staged using materials found from the local area and will bring a touch of the urban to the traditionally forest-set play.