Friday, January 24, 2014

Midwinter Night's Dream

A family outing to see Northern Ballet's quirky version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. It's a 10-year-old production but still seems bright and surprising. David Nixon, NB's Artistic Director, turns the story into a dance company (within a dance company) travelling by sleeper train from London to Edinburgh to perform, ironically, Romeo and Juliet. The stage designs are clever but simple, making full use of the train theme, and the dream-sequence middle Act - all technicolour sic-fi complete with upside down suspended Flying Scotsman - contrasts nicely with the monochrome Acts on either side.
The only distraction was Naomi's constant questions: What's going on? Why doesn't he like her? Who's that? Why is he wearing a donkey's head? Exhausting.

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