A Midsummer Night’s Dream
For people with autism and their families
Adapted by Kelly Hunter – A co-production with Orange Tree Theatre
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
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
Kelly Hunter MBE
A Midsummer Night’s Dream was originally produced as a Flute Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre and English Touring Theatre co-production.