Wednesday, 2 May 2007
In the middle of a glorious weekend in the UK - all sunny sun, rolling green hills and Pimms - we sneaked last-minute tickets for Dash Arts' exuberant Dream, at the RSC Swan Theatre. Performed in English, along with seven different Indian dialects including Malayalam, Hindi and Bengali, the production is a high-energy interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Rounding off the RSC's year-long Complete Works festival, Dash Arts enthralled their audience with a text enriched rather than overshadowed by acrobatics, music and dance. The predominently middle-class, white audience were visibly entranced and despite not being fluent in Tamil or Sanskrit, no meaning was lost for those new to the play.
With a UK tour scheduled from September, this is theatre not to be missed. Really.
Find out more about tour dates and see what I mean with a video preview at dreamonstage.