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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

For people with autism and their families

Adapted by Kelly Hunter – A co-production with Orange Tree Theatre


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Up to fifteen children, young people and adults on the spectrum become the participants for each unique performance, sitting with seven actors in a circle on our stage. Each performance is adapted to the specific needs of the participants, however complex they may be. The families or carers sit just behind them to watch from the auditorium. They can join in the games if they wish. The actors invite the participants to help them unravel Shakespeare’s story through sensory games which everyone plays together.

Although the games and the narrative remain the same for each performance, the show is completely different each time depending on the ways the participants and actors share the different games. After each performance everyone is invited for tea and biscuits with the cast. There is never a rush to leave. The foundation of this unique production is the Hunter Heartbeat Method created by Artistic Director Kelly Hunter MBE.


Where we have been

The production was created and performed at Orange Tree Theatre in 2017 and has since performed at:

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City US. January 2018
Bridge Theatre, London. March 2018
Teatre Lliure, Barcelona with a Catalan version with actors from La Kompanyia and children and staff at Escuela Especial Monserrat Montera. April 2018
Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. November 2018
Festival Tanar de Sibiu at Teatrul Gong, Sibiu Romania. November 2018
Minerva Theatre, Chichester. January 2019
St John’s College, Brighton. May 2019
Bridge Theatre, London. June & July 2019
Westminster School PHAB WEEK June 2019
London Pride Family Garden June 2019


Rehearsing and Celebrating


Cast

2019
Charlie Archer
Paul Gorostidi
Sam Jenkins-Shaw
Holly Musgrave
Paula Rodriguez
Hephzibah Roe
Joshua Welch
2018
Tom Chapman
Finlay Cormack
Paul Gorostidi
Oliver Grant
Paula Rodriguez
Augustina Seymour
Josh Sneesby
2018 Teatre Lliure
Joan Armargos
Quim Avila
Claudia Benito
Raquel Ferri
Eduardo Lloveras
Andrea Ros
Joan Sole
Julia Truyo
2017
Tom Chapman
Finlay Cormack
Tas Emiabata
Oliver Grant
Paula Rodriguez
Katy Stephens

Director
Kelly Hunter MBE

Designer
Daisy Blower

Original Music
Tom Chapman

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was originally produced as a Flute Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre and English Touring Theatre co-production.