Midsummer Night’s Dream and Faerie Rades!


 A Midsummer Night's Dream - Australian Shakespeare Company
A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by the Australian Shakespeare Company under the stars at the Royal Botanic Gardens
It will come as no surprise to you that I love A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it does surprise me that it’s taken me so long to get along to one of the summer performances by the Australian Shakespeare Company in the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens.

Held in one of the best gardens in the city (and in the Garden State, that’s a tough call) under the setting sun, as the warmth of the day starts to fade – a stone’s through from the Shrine of Remembrance and the Observatory – the ASC put on this classic every year.

Rugs and picnic dinners spread everywhere, people sprawl on the lawn to watch the tangle of lovers and fae on stage as the sky above fades from blue to pink, to violet then deep blue with winking stars and fruit bats on silent wing overhead. The dew settles and the wine glasses swap to coffee mugs as Puck announces intermission amidst playful acrobatic faerie antics…and I wonder distantly if the ASC has been training with the NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts).

A Midsummer Night Picnic, rug, rosé and Roslyn legs!
A Midsummer Night Picnic: rug, rosé and Roslyn legs!

Naturally my favorite character is Puck (I’ve a soft spot for tricksters….as I’ve found a lot of storytellers have), and by the time the show closed “If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended….” I was about ready to move in to the garden and start being a full time faerie myself.

It’s a terribly good thing that the Faerie Rade is next weekend, else I’d be at a loose end.

I’ve got almost everything gathered for the faerie rade this year. Just a few fancies to add a final touch to.

This year I have given up my crown to the new Queen elect and will be traveling around in a much more roguish role as a sort of Herald/Host and incidental storyteller with my dear friend Will (obviously he won’t be telling….but he’ll be loud-mouthing with me).

I can’t think of a more relaxing way of launching the very busy year of 2014 (in this week alone I’ve had meetings with four separate projects to plan fun things!) than a picnic with some fae friends (and if it’s anything like last year; unicorns, knights, pirates and even a 5 year old ninja turtle…)  in the park.
More more info on the performance go here: http://shakespeareaustralia.com.au/a-mid-summers-night-dream-25th-anniversary-production/ 

To find out about the upcoming Faerie Rade: http://www.goldenowlevents.com/the-midsummer-faerie-rade-2014.html  (yep, that’s me and my king on that page…This year there will be a different royalty, the Queen being the same lovely creature who played my daughter at last year’s Goblin ball!)


    1. No – the weather was beautiful until the temp dropped at night. I will remember to bring a blanket next time for around my shoulders…though the hot coffee served very well to warm me up.

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