Midsummer at the RSC

4 June 2013

Enjoy Midsummer at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon

An afternoon of free events, Sunday 23 June, 12noon-6pm

The Royal Shakespeare Company is giving everyone the chance to celebrate Midsummer on Sunday 23 June. A wide range of free outdoor activities for the whole family will take place in the theatre's gardens and open-air theatre, The Dell, in Stratford-upon-Avon between 12noon and 6pm.

Taking inspiration from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which ends with three marriages, the day's events will all have a wedding theme.

There will be opportunities to learn how to dance your 'first dance', bust some wedding reception disco moves, decorate cupcakes, make fascinators and pose for wedding photos.

Everyone who visits the Something Borrowed, Something New marquee (open 12noon-4pm, located in Avonbank Gardens) can get practical making wedding headgear and garlands with artists Megan Clarke Bagnall and Jasmine Loveys, and decorate a personalised cupcake which will be added to a big final wedding cake.

Every wedding needs a great disco, so Bingo Meg and Disco Jazz will be on hand with their Renault Clio for Carboot Disco Bingo. This interactive experience is part dance lesson, part party, part performance, part bingo, and a whole lot of fun. Carboot Disco Bingo lasts 20 minutes and takes place at 1.20pm, 2.10pm and 3pm in Avonbank Gardens.

An expert from the RSC Movement department will teach everyone how to dance the perfect steps for that all important wedding tradition, Your First Dance. There will be two sessions, both lasting 30 minutes at 3.20 and 5pm on The Dell stage.

No wedding is complete without some live music, and this will come courtesy of Klezmer Kollectiv (12.50 and 5.30pm), Maz O'Connor (12noon and 1.40pm) and London Youth Gospel Choir (2.30pm), all performing on The Dell stage in 30 minute sets.

Food and drink will be available to buy throughout the afternoon.

The day's activities are part of Midsummer Night's Dreaming, a one off digital theatre project presented by the RSC in partnership with Google's Creative Lab. As part of the project at approximately 4pm actors will perform a short scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream in the area by the River Avon and Holy Trinity Church.

For further press information please contact:
Dean Asker, RSC Press Office
01789 412660, 0778 9937759

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