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BareBones Youth Past Production

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare
adapted by Dave Baldwin

Cast pictures

The company's last production was presented as the culmination of a five day summer workshop at the magnificent Bishopswood House. Twenty-nine young people took part in an open air production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Whilst the script had been adapted and shortened to a running time of approximately one and a quarter hours, the dialogue was unchanged. All of the characters in the original were retained and four narrators or 'scene setters' in the guise of air hostesses were used to lead an audience around the setting.

The weather throughout the five day workshop was superb, so all of us, armed with hats and sun cream, were able to spend six hours a day in the beautiful extensive grounds surrounding the house. We identified ten separate areas in the grounds to form our scene locations and organised our exits and entrances. Then, by positioning loudspeakers at appropriate sites, we planned any musical accompaniment and our cueing system. Penny, a dedicated costume designer/maker, spent four days on site at a sewing machine to provide a delightful range of costumes, and Dickie was on site to make and scrounge required props. The actors were directed by Dave and Margaret and the whole project came together in time for the Thursday evening's performance.

On Thursday evening, around one hundred and thirty people assembled in the car park, and at 6.30pm were ushered to the house for the start of the production. It was presented as a promedade piece and the audience were conducted from location to location by the 'air hostesses'. The young actors performed magnificently and earned a very enthusiastic response.

At the end of the production, awards of 'Actor and Actress of the Week' were made to Lewis Jones and Katherine Wills, and 'Actors Actor' (voted for by the cast) was made to Phoebe Mills. Then many of the audience stayed to picnic in the grounds to complete another magical experience at Bishopswood House.



The Cast

Theseus Duke of Athens Oliver Bartle
Egeus father of Hermia James Bonehill
Lysander in love with Hermia Georgina Watling
Demetrius in love with Hermia Maddy Maloney
Philostrate Master of Revels/Prologue Clare Symonds
Quince a carpenter James Lester
Snug a Joiner/Lion Jacob Timms
Bottom a weaver/Pyramus Chris Kear
Flute a bellows-mender/Thisby Jack Campey
Snout a tinker/Wall Jacob Cooper
Starveling a tailor/Moonshine Lewis Jones
Hippolyta Queen of The Amazons Emily Thomas
Hermia daughter of Egeus Alison Raine
Helena in love with Demetrius Jasmine Jones
Oberon King of the Fairies Phoebe Mills
Titania Queen of the Fairies Sarah Lester
Puck (or Robin Goodfellow) Elliott Holden
Peasblossom a fairy Amber Rudge
Cobweb a fairy Effie Seal
Moth a fairy Abi Franklin
Mustard-seed a fairy Anna Bennett
First Fairy Kayah Worrall
Second Fairy Jessica Hunt
Third Fairy Jessica Sleeman
Fourth Fairy Hannah Meek
Stewardess Heather Heather Farmer
Stewardess Emma Emma Leaman
Stewardess Abbe Abi Beddard
Stewardess Katherine Katherine Wills
Directed by Dave Baldwin



The Crew

Stage Manager Richard Worrall
ASM Margaret Baldwin
Sound Ian Pauley
Costume Penelope Timms

Our grateful thanks to the Freeman family for allowing us the use of the magnificent Bishopswood House


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20th - 22nd August 2015

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by Geraldine O'Neill
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19th - 21st February 2015


by Sharon Cromwell and the Droichead Youth Theatre

28th - 30th August 2014

Around the World with Class Six
A Memory of Lizzie

by Nick Warburton
     David Foxton

February 2014

Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare adapted by Dave Baldwin

August 2013

HENRY V Revisited

by Dave Baldwin & William Shakespeare

February 2013


William Shakespeare

August 2012

"The Mystery Gift" & "All You Need"

by Bill Tordoff & Dave Baldwin

March 2012


by William Shakespeare

September 2011


by David Campton and David Foxton

24th - 26th February & 10th March 2011

As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

2nd Septmber 2010

"You, Me and Mrs Jones" and "Rabbit"

by Tony Horitz and David Foxton

16th - 20th February 2010

The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare

3rd September 2009

"2B or not 2B" & "Castle Royal"

by Bill Tordoff

February 2009

Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

14th August 2008

Herefordshire County Drama Festival

March 2008

Domby Dom / The Musicians

by Nick Warburton & Patrick Marber

February 2008

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

August 2007

"Peter and the Wolf Brothers" & "The Roman Float"

by Peter Terson

February 2007

Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

August 2006

Our Day Out

by Willy Russell

February 2006


by William Shakespeare

August 2005

Around the World with Class Six

by Nick Warburton

March 2005

Bugsy Malone

by Alan Parker

February 2005