This was a punky Dream- mocking any idea of sentimental prettiness by dressing the fairies in tattered tutus, patched-up wings and Doc Marten boots.

Bottom and Titania get up close and personal in the 1989 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Their playground was a junkyard, filled with bicycle frames, an old piano and an iron bedstead which served Titania as her bower.

Ilona Sekacz provided a joyous, energising score created by subjecting Mendelssohn's music to the same inventive, parodic treatment applied to the fairies.

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