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The cast of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Photo: Liz White

The cast of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Photo: Liz White

The cast of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Photo: Liz White

Rehearsals got under way this week for a special summer performance of a much-loved Shakespeare play.

The Valleymount Theatre Company are hoping to mount a production of the comedy 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in an unusual venue.

The show, which won rave reviews from audiences last year, is to be staged in the field behind Valleymount Hall with social distancing measures in place in August.

Speaking to this paper, Liz Gardner of Valleymount Theatre Company said 'we're hoping to put on the play in the field behind the hall where the tractor run is normally held. We thought it would be lovely to do something, both for ourselves and for the community.'

The committee are hoping the play will take place over the last weekend of August, if public health guidelines allow. Rehearsals are already under way online with most of the cast from last year's production set to tread the boards once more.

'We wanted to do something, but it's all on the understanding that public health is a priority,' Ms Gardner said.

A trailer will be used as the stage while the audience will sit outdoors to enjoy the performance. A series of designated grids will be marked out in the field for families to sit in. Stewards will on hand to guide the audience to their seating.

For now, the Valleymout Theatre Company are waiting for further government guidelines on outdoor events to allow them to release information about tickets.

The community has already shown its support for the idea and the committee is also appealing for volunteers to help out backstage and with stewarding duties for the planned performances.

New members are always welcome to join. For more information, search 'Valleymount Theatre Co' on Facebook.

Wicklow People