More than 1,500 young people come to Stratford-upon-Avon to perform their versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, inspired by steampunk, the refugee crisis and other themes.

This week we welcome pupils from more than 50 schools to the RSC Dream Team Playmaking Festival. Groups will perform their versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Studio Theatre at The Other Place and in The Dell. Alongside the main performances, you can also see street theatre outside The Other Place and on the Bancroft Gardens.

The Playmaking Festival sees a huge range of different interpretations of the play, with groups from just six students to 84, and performers coming from Warwickshire itself, and as far afield as Cornwall, Blackpool and Cowbridge in South Wales.

two school girls in the foreground kneeling, one wearing a donkey tail and ears, the other with right arm outstretched towards her
Pupils from Bridgetown Primary School performing A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Photo by William Hands © The artist – Image Licensing

This is the culmination of our RSC Dream Team project, where we invited schools all over the UK to download free resources on A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The Festival is supported by students from Stratford-upon-Avon College, who are working with the school pupils as buddies and filming some of the performances.

Schools that couldn’t make it to Stratford have also been able to send in their Dream-inspired artwork to be part of an installation in the foyer of The Other Place.

Performances take place every weekday until Friday 8 July - see the full schedule of Playmaking Festival performances.

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Schools can still join RSC Dream Team 2016 and access all the free resources for teachers, including 30-minute and 60-minute edits of the play, a specially-composed score suitable for all ages and abilities, and guidance on staging the play – visit the Dream Team website to find out more.

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