A Garden Dream

The spirits, sprites and shadows have been let loose from Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and they’re out in the garden…

In August we asked audiences to keep a look out for midsummer mischief during the long interval of the performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on 11, 13 and 16 August.

Titania and her fairies, Puck and his pixies, and Bottom and his cronies wandered the wilds as picnickers enjoyed their champagne. Looking for fun, love, tricks and jokes, the cast conjured an alternative dream, A Garden Dream.

Are we awake or sleeping? In love or lust? Sober or drunk? Ranging from profound insight to hearty entertainment, these fairies brought the spirit of the garden alive with Shakespearian folly.

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About A Garden Dream

A company of 38 GYO1 members were recruited in early 2016 to work with Glyndebourne’s Young Composer-in-Residence, Lewis Murphy, and a first-rate creative team including renowned music director Howard Moody and innovative director Daisy Evans on a brand-new work inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Daisy Evans and Lewis Murphy have taken poetry from Shakespeare and his contemporaries that reflects the central themes of the original A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Providing an alternative play that might follow the characters off stage, the young company imagine and embody the spirit of the play and bring it outside into the fresh air.

Snippets of music were played out across the lawns, pixies emerged from hedges, fairies from behind trees and sprites leapt up from the bushes.

“I adore performing here at Glyndebourne, and knowing that I am one of the first ever to perform here in the gardens makes me grin ear to ear” – Glyndebourne Youth Opera Participant

Cast and creative team

Composer: Lewis Murphy

Musical Director: Howard Moody
Director: Daisy Evans
Assistant Director: Mark Burns
Repetiteurs: Howard Beech, Ruairi Edwards
Stage Manager: Clare Partington

Titania: Julia Hamon
Puck: Tom Verney
Bottom: Jake Muffett

Chorus: Glyndebourne Youth Opera (GYO 1)

Harp: Aileen Henry
Guitar: Toby Carr
Lute: Wezi Elliott

Glyndebourne Youth Opera is supported by Conrad Blakey OBE RD, Miss Antonia Gabites and Dr Michael Jack, Peter and Jane How and Joanna Dickson Leach through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme, which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.

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