A Midsummer Night's Dream - Local Affairs - Leap of Faith

'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

by William Shakespeare

June 1999


Shakespeare's classic comedy where, on a Midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the dream-like arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule. While a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war, their paths are crossed by Bottom, Quince and their friends presenting a play within a play. Chief mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth, and games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue.


Theseus, Duke of Athens (John Mills); Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons (Gill Lewisohn); Egea, mother to Hermia (Debbie Durnell); Philostrate, secretary to Theseus (Jill Lawford); Hermia, daughter to Egea, in love with Lysander (Lisa Gaylard); Helena, in love with Demetrius (Vanessa Cole); Lysander, in love with Hermia (Giles Brown); Demetrius, in love with Hermia (Joel Lintern); Peta Quince, a carpenter (Christine Cooke); Nick Bottom, a weaver (Andy Harding); Francis Flute, a bellows-mender (Andi McAteer); Robin Starvelling, a tailor (Kelvin Buck); Tom Snout, a tinker (Maurice Townsend & Simon Johnson); Snug, a joiner (Hannah Lintern); Oberon, King of the Fairies (Kevin Kirwan); Titania, Queen of the Fairies (Kit Johnson); Puck, Oberon's Lieutenant (Sheila Cox); Peaseblossom (Helen Jenkins); Moth (Jonathon Midgley); Cobweb (Catherine Midgley); Mustardseed (Angelo Moore); The Fairies (Charlotte Bees);  (Gemma Cooke);  (Sophie Dyke);  (Hannah Johnson);  (Gina Lawford);  (Jo Lawford);  (Emma Oliver);  (Tom Purnell);  (Louise Shergold);  (Sarah Shergold);  (Ryan Tarr)

Director: Graham Bradshaw with Debbie Durnell & Andrea Brewster

The adjudication for this show, as well as those for many others, is available in the members’ section of the site


An earlier version of Party Piece, this play ingeniously uses the same set to represent three different homes. We see Charles, preoccupied with finding a fancy dress costume, and Norma, obsessed with her garden and kitchen; Hilary, returned from a health farm to find her mother-in-law in residence; and Susan and Keith, unable to enjoy a weekend without their children. Add a suicidal Katy and an incorrect party date and we are set for a confusing evening!)


'Local Affairs'

by Richard Harris

November 1999


David (Giles Brown); Norma (Sheila Cox); Mrs Hinson (June Berrie); Keith (Joel Lintern); Hilary (Kit Johnson); Charles (Peter Morris); Peter (Kevin Kirwan); Susan (Vanessa Cole); Katy (Lisa Gaylard)

Director: Christine Cooke

'Leap of Faith'

by James Maxwell

One Act Festivals 1999


A drama of relationships and the aftermath of trauma


Beth (Kit Kirwan); Cameron (Kevin Kirwan)

Director: Kathleen Kirwan

This  original play, written by Kevin, using a pseudonym, was entered into several of the local One Act Festivals, and although it did not win any awards, it received a number of nominations including Best Actor and Actress, and Best Original Play.


The adjudication for this show, as well as those for many others, is available in the members’ section of the site