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2021 Summer Garden Play

A dreamy performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
8 Aug 2021
Written by Olivia Tan
The House

Director Katy Holland and Producer Nick Phipps hosted ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in the Cathedral Garden 2-4 August. 

Katy would like to thank all Members and Friends who have contributed to the Covid-19 Student Support Fund, for helping to make this happen:

"Against all odds, the play went ahead. It was an indescribable feeling, having been deprived of student theatre for so long, to see the first members of the audience filter in. The cast and crew were always slightly on edge throughout the rehearsal process that something would stop the play from going ahead; one of the cast, for instance, was released from isolation only 2 days before the first performance, and we were waiting with baited breath to see whether another one of our crew might be struck down at any moment!
 
One can imagine the feeling of joy, then, before every performance. We had a rocky start. The weather gods, despite all our prayers, sent down heavy showers on Monday. The cast carried on in what was later described as a “heroic performance,” battling the showers before deciding to call it quits after the interval. The next two nights ran smoothly. Everyone remembered the impossible dance routines I had forced them to learn, and the audience laughed when we hoped they would. In our books, then, a success! Thank you so much to everyone who made this happen – it was a dream come true!"

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