Over 60 talented local actors from across Leicestershire and beyond have come together at Curve for rehearsals of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

A Community and Curve Young Company production, the diverse cast includes a mix of seasoned performers to fresh new faces, with ages ranging from 12 to 63.

Staged in Curve’s 900 seat theatre, this ambitious production will combine the classic language of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies with well-known songs and contemporary dance.

Curve’s Community productions give emerging local actors the chance to work with a professional stage crew and acclaimed creative team.

Curve’s CEO Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster are delighted to see the progress of the show: “Our community production is always a highlight of our year at Curve. As a registered charity, engaging with the local community is at the heart of everything we do. Each year we try to mix things up a bit - whether it's an epic musical or a magical Shakespeare - and this year is no exception. We're thrilled our Curve Young Company and Community actors are joining forces for the first time, working with acclaimed Curve Associate Artist Nick Winston and local designers Metro-Boulot-Dodo and Kevin Jenkins, to realise this glorious comedy.

“Thank you to everybody who enables this work to happen, from your donations, to our Name a Seat scheme and our loyal members - without you, these fantastic creations simply wouldn’t be possible."This year’s community performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows on from the success of Bugsy Malone last summer and Richard III in 2015.

Mahesh Parmar, 17, from Loughborough, will take his first steps onto the stage at Curve as the show’s mischievous fairy Puck. He said: “It’s so exciting to work with the professional team here at Curve and to be part of such an amazing production. Playing a well-known character like Puck, especially for my first ever time at Curve, is scary but I can’t wait to get out in front of the audience.

“I recently joined the Curve Young Company after one of the Curve team spotted me at a school show and encouraged me to come along. It’s a brilliant experience and I’m having a lot of fun with really passionate people.”

For Evie Robinson, 16 from Leicester Forest East, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be her second show at Curve, after appearing in last year’s Bugsy Malone:

“It’s really cool to be involved with Curve and I love that these productions showcase the talented young people in Leicestershire.

“I’m playing the part of Mustardseed, one of the fairies who serves Queen of the fairies Titania. This version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream won’t be like anything anyone has ever seen before; it’s imaginative, magical and the modern choreography gives an edgy new twist on Shakespeare. I love it and I know our audiences will too!”

Curve’s Young Company and Community production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will perform from 10 – 20 Aug. Tickets are available now.

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