Finally the Midsummer Night’s Dream Ball project I have been working with York Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to complete has happened. It was a fabulous night hosted at the National Railway Museum, York.
The night included a 3 course dinner, an auction, a casino and all manner of splendid things including artwork from the York St John Fine Art students. It also included a bizarre 8 minute play written, designed and performed by me! It was great fun and I couldn’t have done it without the help of my two helpers who played all the characters as I read out the poem style condensed version of the play. The set was only a metre wide and just over a 150cm tall. It was fully collapsible for easy transportation and easy assembly on the night. We were told we couldn’t build anything permanent and would not be able to access the space until very late into the evening so we would need something we could swiftly assemble on site.
I built the scene using a portable clothing rail, a large piece of canvas with the folding poles of an old tent frame which slotted into the sides of the scene for supports. Around the edge of the frame were tree branch cutouts with real twigs and fabric leaves glued on which was attached to the canvas with Velcro strips. We also wove fairy lights and fake ivory around the scene to give it some extra character. Over all I was very happy with the mini-backdrop I had made and my two helpers were just brilliant.
As well as the set and the script I also designed the costume-props for the play which included two crowns and five masks for the audience to distinguish who each character was (as we only had two actors) it was overall a fantastic experience.