Midsummer Night’s Midterm reflects our foibles back at us

Author Ermes Culos praises players, reflects on Shakespeare's message.

Dear Editor

What fools these mortals be, says the bungling Puck near the end of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream as he shakes his head (and bells) and chuckles at the silly behaviour of the lovers around him. And all of us who, with Puck, laugh at their foolish antics are really laughing at ourselves – at all the petty, and sometimes not so petty, things we do, day in, day out, when in love or, more often, out of love.

And so, for this rare Ashcroft chance to see ourselves for the Cobwebs or Moonshines or Bottoms or Sunflowers that we are – kudos to all who have worked and acted in this truly funny rendering of Shakespeare’s comedy.

What an effective and clever way, incidentally, to enable us to see ourselves on the stage through the eyes of the four oh so very authentic teenagers who, as they ready themselves for their midterm, can’t quite believe that grownups (and not just poor Bottom) can strut around with asses’ heads on their shoulders!

Ermes Culos

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