A 100-STRONG cast of pupils from a York secondary school are bringing the magic of a Shakespeare rom-com to life.

All Saints RC School in South Bank is staging A Midsummer Night’s Dream every night this week, starting tonight (Tuesday), up to and including Friday.

Alys Clark, head of drama, said their latest production is set in modern London with Theseus’ court represented as a mercenary centre for business with strict city laws.

She said: “In our fairy forest, the seasons are confused and Autumn, Oberon’s season, is at war with Summer, ruled by Titania.

“In order to restore the balance of nature and the harmony of the court, the lovers must escape to the forest where chaos and confusion ensues.

“In order to create our mystical forest, we have transformed the school hall with built-in traverse staging, nine foot trees, logs, ivy and a full professional lighting rig.

“In addition to some superb acting from the cast of pupils in Years 7 to 13, we are lucky enough to have a beautiful original score for full orchestra composed by head of music Richard Mann and innovative choreography from the the head of dance Hannah Watkins; we hope this will transport the audience from the grey skies of February to midsummer.”


The audience can expect a few changes to the Shakespeare's original script, including some switching of lines to create a feistier Hermia and some strong female mechanicals.

Ms Clark said: “We hope these minor changes help to engage the audience and that Shakespeare wouldn’t mind!

“This has been a hugely collaborative experience and at each stage the pupils have impressed us with their energy, commitment and full involvement at every stage of the creative process.”