Last month I saw a post on a home education group about a performance of a Midsummer Nights Dream. I knew Jess would love to go, but I doubted Abbie would. Surprisingly she said yes so we put our names down. The tickets were being awarded free through a bursary scheme. As the minimum price for seated tickets was £39.95 this was a brilliant offer to home educators.
A few days before we were due to go I checked the details and was very surprised to find out that it was a lot more special than I had originally realised. Not only were we going to be in the second most expensive seats, £49.95 each, it wasn’t at a standard theatre either. No, we were going to a pop-up Elizabethan theatre 🙂
The pop-up theatre was inspired by the London Rose Playhouse which was built in 1587, 12 years before The Globe. The theatre is an historic 12 sided design, the same as a 16th century Shakespearean theatre. The theatre was build with scaffolding, corrugated iron and timber. It took 3 weeks to build and is open for 10 weeks until the 2nd of September.
The theatre is sat between Clifford’s Tower and York Castle Museum and only a 25 minute walk from the railway station.
This was the first Shakespeare play both myself and the children have ever seen, I loved it, but I think a lot was over the children’s heads, especially the Shakespearean English 😀
We all loved the fairies and the things they got up to when they weren’t centre stage. It was a fantastic experience and the play was both entertaining and so funny, the actors and staging were excellent. I really hope it comes back again soon as I will be going again.
These are the children’s blog posts on the theatre: