Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare’s romantic comedy of love triangles, fairies and kings is re-visioned with the Bambara and Bozo traditions of Mali tying with Japanese Bunraku conventions. This production aimed to break the longstanding division between straight theatre and other art forms such as puppetry, dance and sculpture and to challenge and replace it with a more holistic concept of the theatre.
Producer: The Baxter Theatre Centre and the Market Theatre
Direction: Esther van Ryswyk (Baxter) Fred Abrahamse (Market)
Music: Johan Cloete
Décor and puppet design: Adrian Kohler
Costumes: John Caviggia (Baxter), Ann Sharfman (Market)
Movement: Jennie Reznek
Baxter Theatre cast
Neil McCarthy, Fred Abrahamse, Basil Apollis, Clare Stopford, Dawid Minnaar, Sandi Schultz, Jennie Reznek, Antoinette Butler, Martin le Maitre, Ivan Abrahams, Basil Jones, Adrian Kohler, Paul Malherbe, Andre Samuels
Market Theatre cast
Neil McCarthy, Fiona Ramsay, John Ramsbottom, Gaynor Young, Robert Finlayson, David Butler, Clare Stopford, Jennie Reznek, David Alcock, Robin Smith, Basil Jones, Adrian Kohler, Fats Dibeko, Solomon Bisholo
1988 Oude Linertas Theatre, Baxter Theatre Centre, National Arts Festival, The Market Theatre.