Midsummer Night’s Dream at Friends’ School in Saffron Walden

ASPIRING actors at Friends’ School will be performing an open-air version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this weekend.

Head of drama and director of the play, Richard Smith, said: “We wanted to produce Midsummers with a simple remit: those who wanted to, would.

“The uptake was so enthusiastic that we effectively have two casts over the two performances. It has been fascinating to watch the young actors working on Shakespeare and they have all developed their acting skills during the process.”

Friends’ ‘Bring a Brolly Shakespeare’ will take place on the school grounds, as it did 99 years ago, almost to the day. In 1911 students at Friends’ School performed the same play on June 22, which was Coronation day. This time around the performance will see students from age 11 through to 18 take on Shakespeare’s characters.

Tickets for A Misummer Night’s Dream are �1 and are available from Friends’ School reception or on the day on the school’s playing fields. The performances are on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm with picnics from 2pm. The audience is asked to bring their own chairs and or blankets.