A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Northumberland Theatre Company (NTC), at the Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth, Thursday, September 6.
What more evidence do you need?
If ever there was proof that NTC must be supported at every cost – in the wake of losing 100 per cent of its funding from the Arts Council – then A Midsummer Night’s Dream was it.
This classy performance of Shakespeare’s classic play epitomised why this company has so much to give.
Thankfully, NTC has managed to keep its head above water having raised valuable cash to stay afloat – although that has not stopped the fund-raising mission (the audience was asked to throw a donation in to the pot at the end of the show).
And the opening night performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Thursday – which marked the start of a two-month tour across the land – was proof that NTC is alive and kicking.
This polished, well-executed show was a dream to watch.
The laughs came thick and fast and the quality of those on stage made for a truly entertaining and enjoyable production.
One of the shining stars on the night was trainee Kylie Ann Ford, who has been supported by the Sylvia Waddilove Foundation.
In what was her first professional engagement, Ford showed she has a bright future ahead of her with fine performances as Helena and Snug.
Ford joined NTC regulars Nigel Collins, Eleanor Dennison, Louis Roberts and Stephanie Butler – all equally as impressive.
Collins stated in the programme notes that he hoped the audience would have lots of laughs watching the play.
Rest assured, they did, with many of them coming from Collins himself, thanks mostly to his portrayal of Bottom. He was every bit as over-the-top, confident and comical as the character demands.
This talented cast of five also pulled off seamless changes between multiple characters, credit for which should also be given to director Gillian Hambleton. The use of props was creative and imaginative.
NTC is performing the show at more than 30 venues nationwide, which include a number in north Northumberland. So quit assing around, and get yourself a ticket.