Richard Dempsey: Pocket Dream is back!

Richard on the pleasure of revisiting the Dream this summer.

Richard on the pleasure of revisiting the Dream this summer.

The Pocket Dream is back! Ed Hall's Propeller men are back in town with the one hour version of Ed's full scale A Midsummer Night's Dream that has toured the world and run in the west end. This 6 man cast of Propeller members, old and new is playing alongside the current world tour of Comedy of Errors and Richard III (currently in Boston but soon to be seen at Hampstead). We are playing in the Udderbelly next to The Royal Festival Hall, otherwise known as "The Big Purple Upside Down Cow". If you haven't seen it up at the Edinburgh Festival before, it's basically a huge tent in the shape of a cow with a magnificent beer garden or "Pasture" to enjoy in between the array of shows playing. This year, we have us belting through the Dream, as well as Paul Daniels, Showstoppers, Ida Barr, Rory Bremner, Jenny Eclair and much more.

It's been great to revisit the Dream, especially in this venue which is buzzing with atmosphere. The Pocket dream was set up a few years ago to introduce kids to Shakespeare and this venue is perfect for kids and adults alike, a giant Connect 4 and Jenga is available to play with while the adults consume Magners.

I've particularly enjoyed working with some Propeller actors that I've heard so much of before, Propeller legends you could say! Vinnie Leigh and Jonny McGuinness , alongside Babou Cessay, Tam Williams and Alastair Craig. It's been really great, and all having worked with the company on the big show or with each other before there a shorthand in the rehearsal process.

The post show discussions have been very interesting here, from one child who wanted to know 'where was the changeling boy?", to the young lad who misunderstood our stage fighting workshop and actually slapped another kid (not very hard) and made it into the Time Out review.

And a scorching Spring to go with it. Look out for Comedy of Errors and Richard III, they really are fantastic shows.

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