Tim Supple Production 2006

Photo shows Oberon (Joe Dixon), Titania (Amanda Harris) and Bottom (Malcolm Storry) (2005) © RSC

Tim Supple's Dream brought the warmth and rich diversity of India to England. This Dash Arts production was commissioned by the British Council and toured India before being staged in the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2006 as part of the RSC Complete Works Festival.

Supple put together a company of actors with a wide range of backgrounds and skills - from different areas of India, with different languages and skills, both traditional and modern - to create a show which transported the audience. From the first moments when the actors tore through the papered scaffolding set and churned up the red earth floor, India was brought to life in Stratford.

Shakespeare's text was spoken in the original English plus faithful translations in six Indian languages. There was no need for sur-titles - the language retained its beauty in all the languages.

The fairies were atheletic sprites who performed aerial stunts on the scaffolding and lengths of fabric hung from the ceiling. The Changeling Boy was represented by a young actor.

Bottom's transformation was marked by the addition of a large set of donkey ears and he was swept up Titania's bower of silks.

More about this production

Interviews with the director

Production photo gallery

Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Michael Billington, The Guardian, 9 June 2006

A fantastical, unforgettable Dream
Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph, 1 July 2006

Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Paul Taylor, The Independent, 12 June 2006

Review Round-up: Supple receives Dream reviews?
Caroline Ansdell, WhatsOnStage, 15 March 2007

Photo shows Titania (Archana Ramaswamy) embracing Bottom (Joy Fernandes) in the 2006 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream by Dash Arts at the Swan Theatre. Photo by Suzanne Worthington © RSC

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