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12 - 22 July 2012 - Guildford College of Law

For the second part of our open-air season we returned to the beautiful gardens and Elizabethan manor house of the College of Law on Portsmouth Road. This new staging of Dream (we first staged it in 2007) continued the practice of promenade performance, where the audience moved with the action following the Lovers and the Mechanicals from the city into the magical woods and back again.

Stalwart director and designer Charlotte Conquest and Neil Irish created a contemporary Athens, taking inspiration for the fairy kingdom from the earthy world of travelling gypsies, their connections to herbal remedies, and that these are only momentary visitors to our human world. Evocative and breathtaking original music was created by Sound Designer and Composer Matt Eaton.

Press & Audience Comments

"completely hilarious" 4.5 stars The Public Reviews

"A triumph on all levels...Jo Murdock a terrific impish Puck...Matt Pinches (Bottom) a comical human dynamo" British Theatre Guide

"This may be a local professional company still awaiting wider acknowledgement but productions of this quality will inevitably find that wider audience; and it is in Guildford and it is now! Charlotte Conquest's surprising and provocative production...[Matt Pinches' Bottom] ranks amongst the best" Surrey Advertiser

Audience Comments

"I have never seen any Shakespeare before but have not had such a fantastic evening in years! Very clever. Cried with laughter."

"It was a really wonderful 'Dream' to be long remembered."

"Joyous joyous joyous"

"Astounded as always by their talent and vigour."

"Bonkers. Barmy. Brilliant. Pure GSC... My belly hurts from laughing and my hands hurt from clapping. We've been dancing all the way home."

"Pure genius. Could not stop crying with laughter. The best one yet!"




Jack Bannell              Louise Best                Alex Scott Fairley       Sarah Gobran


David Marken             Johanne Murdock      Morgan Philpott          Katy Phipps

   ...what a lovely bunch!

Matt Pinches             Chris Porter

Puck / Philostrate
Peter Quince / Egeus
Titania / Hippolyta
Oberon / Theseus
First Fairy / Flute
Lysander / Snug
Demetrius / Tom Snout

Johanne Murdock
Chris Porter
Katy Phipps
Louise Best
Sarah Gobran
Morgan Philpott
Alex Scott Fairley
David Marken
Jack Bannell
Matt Pinches

Assitant designer
Sound designer
Movement director
Verse & Vocal Coach
Company Stage Manager
Deputy Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

Charlotte Conquest
Neil Irish
Libby Davis
Matt Eaton
Aidan Treays
Sarah Stephenson
Kerrie Driscoll
Elaine Yeung
Beth Sweeney


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