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A group of talented young performers from Mullumbimby High are collaborating with six local artists to present a vibrant and playful adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Considered among the most lyrical of Shakespeare’s plays, and as relevant in today’s world as ever, The Dream invites the audience on a mystical and heart-felt adventure.

Exploring different levels of the real, characters encounter the mystery of love and imagination, the secret world of the fairies and the mystery of experience with another world, that of being in a play. Their comic struggles with the complexity of experience, the rational and irrational, the magic and the mundane will have you laughing in your seats and wondering about the nature of being.

The greatest mystery we discover is not only that of the fairies but of life and the magical aspects of love.

The Dream is conceived as an immersive and entertaining experience for the audience.

A dynamic cast of young actors supported by their teacher Marisa McEwan are joined by a group of extraordinary sound, visual and design artists including musician, composer and voice teacher Vasudha Harte, production manager Jem Edwards, a set by Bobbie Rossini Sainsbury, costumes by Carissa Cox and make up  ex-student, Talia Oliver. Bronte Williams has also created floral designs and constructions from the beautiful rainforest hinterlands of Mullumbimby.

A celebration of love and innocence, The Dream is a delight for all ages.

With three performances in the Byron Theatre across two days, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 September, the ensemble invites all who dare to dream to arrive at 6.30 pm for a 7.30 pm show with a matinee on Friday 12.30pm.

Tickets are available at the Byron Theatre or online at their website. $25 adult / $ 20 concession, supper included.

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