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Steam Punk Shakespeare

Steam punk misfits and woodland fairies meet to cause mayhem and mischief in Echo Youth Theatre’s funny and energetic interpretation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the adventures of four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies which inhabit the forest as they prepare for the wedding of the Duke of Athens and the former Queen of the Amazons.

A cast of 30 young people aged between eight and 18 will take part in the two performances at the Open in Norwich on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd November 2018.

The play has been given a steam punk twist to contrast against the natural and earthy backdrop of the forest. Imaginative and colourful costumes and close audience interaction will mean theatre goers will feel immersed in the magic and the mayhem of the story.

Director Kerry Stanley said: “There is going to be so much to love about these performances – the comedy, the energy, the beautiful costumes – but most of all, the incredible talent from our wonderful cast of young actors.

The play explores some really interesting things about society, about being a young person and trying to find your place in the world, which is why it’s such a great project for a youth company.”

You can see A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Wednesday 21st November and Thursday 22nd November at Open in Norwich. Performances start at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm). Tickets can be bought via www.opennorwich.org.uk or by contacting the Box Office on 01603 763111.

Echo Youth Theatre (EYT) was established in December 2017 and was created to provide challenging and varied theatre experiences for young people, in the environment of a theatre company, without the burden of regular classes and termly fees.

Echo Youth Theatre provides opportunities for anyone who wants to be involved including performers, creatives and those interested in the technical aspects of theatre.

EYT believes that providing a variety of opportunities, working with a range of different directors, practitioners and artists will enable its members to develop both as young people and as all-round performers.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of Echo Youth Theatre can visit www.echoyouththeatre.co.uk.