‘Dream’ to awaken Port Moresby

Port Moresby will soon come to life with the performance of one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The play will feature mischievous imps and elves, jealous fairy kings and envious fairy queens, star-crossed lovers, dukes and duchesses, magic spells, sleeping potions, enchanted forests, and a troupe of country bumpkin minstrels.

Performed by the Moresby Arts Theatre (MAT), A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a family show. It will enthral the little ones with its magical spirits, enrapture the romantically inclined with its tale of confused but happy love, and draw guffaws of laughter from everyone with its band of misfit yokel actors. 

A major feature of the MAT production will be the adaptation of music to PNG sounds and instruments. Pixies, fairies, kings and queens will beat rhythms on garamuts and kundus, meanwhile imps, elves and goblins will blow hauntingly on kuakumbas and the ivilikokos pipes of Pan.

Leading the pixies and elves in song and dance will be well-known Port Moresby artist, Alyson Joyce, in the role of Titania, Queen of the Fairies. Playing the part of pixies and elves will be year nine students who recently participated in MAT’s PRIDE high school community theatre project where students learned about social issues and how to present them on stage.

To promote this special event, MAT is holding its Annual Fancy Dress Dinner on October 8. The theme is “fairies”, so paint your face, spray your hair, sprout some wings, don a crown and come as your favourite fairy. Prizes given for the best dressed male and female!

Dinner will include a traditional mumu, welcome drinks, and a night of song and dance and scenes from the Dream.

A highlight of the night will be the awarding of prizes for the best performers and best plays from the six-week PRIDE event. For further information about the October 8 Annual Fancy Dress Dinner, email vicepresident@moresbyartstheatre.org

Performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will start Saturday, October 29, and run over two weeks, with matinees on Saturdays.

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