Midsummer Night's Dream

(24 Posts)
Clawdy Mon 30-May-16 18:56:37

Intrigued - think it will be either really good or really awful. It's had good previews though......

CandOdad Mon 30-May-16 20:38:20

I'm not sure but cant turn over

BoatyMcBoat Mon 30-May-16 21:10:52

I'm enjoying it but I want them to STOP THE BLOODY MUSIC!!!! It's making it really hard to hear the actors, and they are doing it brilliantly - but I can only hear what they're saying half the time because I know the play quite well.

BoatyMcBoat Mon 30-May-16 21:11:24

DH has given up on it because of the damn music.

I don't like it. Hate the music and hate Titania and hate Matt Lucas. The only thing I like is Puck.

BoatyMcBoat Mon 30-May-16 21:18:45

Just switched off. Really can't take the music. See that BBC? I am being forced to interact with my family now!

dembloodybells Mon 30-May-16 21:58:01

WTAF???

Terrible.

TheNIghtManagersWife Mon 30-May-16 22:03:37

I absolutely loved it! Not seen any Shakespeare before in my life though! I was hooked from the beginning and the modern day twists made it much easier for me to understand and follow.

I watched with subtitles on to help me understand what was happening and found that Shakespeare's language was much easier to understand than I thought it would be. Loved it all.

dembloodybells Mon 30-May-16 22:06:24

Well, I'm not sure it was terrible, Remus, but certainly an odd ending.

Terrible was an opinion, rather than the final word. grin

OTheHugeManatee Mon 30-May-16 22:10:09

Blimey. Never seen them kill off Theseus before shock

BeachysSandyFlipFlops Mon 30-May-16 22:12:58

Very odd ending, but loved it. grin

senua Mon 30-May-16 22:15:58

Gave up after 20 minutes - I couldn't hear what the actors were mumbling because of the music.

cathyandclaire Mon 30-May-16 22:18:51

I really liked it, thought it was a great adaptation. Loved the demetrius in particular, he was fabulous, also liked Helena she was just the clunky, clumsy Helena I'd imagine

BestIsWest Mon 30-May-16 22:20:27

I only watched the first half, going to catch up tomorrow. I was quite enjoying it but apparently Game Of Thrones takes precedence in this house.

Clawdy Mon 30-May-16 22:38:40

Wasn't sure at the start, but ended up loving it. Oberon and Puck were wonderful.And the lovers were quirky and different. The Mechanicals were good but not brilliant. I rather liked the wicked Theseus storyline too.

TheSecondOfHerName Mon 30-May-16 22:40:31

DD is 11 and has been reading the play in school. She isn't very confident in English lessons and has struggled with it a bit, but is really enjoying this adaptation. I had to persuade her to pause it part of the way through Act II and go to bed, with the promise that she can watch the rest tomorrow.

I like the way the fairies are portrayed; it makes them seem very unworldly. I'm a fan of fantasy, sci-fi and dystopian fiction, so the setting appeals to me.

TheSecondOfHerName Tue 31-May-16 19:59:11

Thank you for the tip about the subtitles, which is helping DD follow Act 2.

BeautyGoesToBenidorm Tue 31-May-16 20:02:37

I wasn't keen - the production made it look like an episode of Doctor Who, which isn't a shock given who produced it. The music was unbearable. I loved Maxine Peake in it though.

TheSecondOfHerName Tue 31-May-16 21:50:50

the production made it look like an episode of Doctor Who, which isn't a shock given who produced it.

That's what appeals to DD, I think.

BestIsWest Wed 01-Jun-16 21:50:16

Finally watched it all. I liked it. Loved Helena.

MustStopAndThinkBeforePosting Wed 01-Jun-16 22:30:36

Just watched it tonight - I loved it!
Brilliant to reinterpret Theseus as evil. Same lines as ever but I never really appreciated how cruel the words really are.
Loved Hippolyta and Titania at the end.

Obviously hated bloody Matt Lucas but you can't do a lot with the rude mechanicals. I was just tuning out by doodling with MN on my phone during the tediousness of the Pyramus&Thisbe play when I was delighted by what Theseus was doing on his iPad during the tediousness of the Pyramus&Thisbe play. Genius.

Dozer Thu 02-Jun-16 08:09:40

Quite liked it, and agree about Theseus, clever, and not seen him played like that before.

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