The Arches Theatre: Zoom-ing Ahead With Rehearsals!

The cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream are taking full advantage of this lockdown to rehearse for the August production ...

As you know we are thinking positively about our plans in bringing fantastic live theatre to our quirky outdoor stage at The Arches Theatre. The show must go on, as they say, so rehearsals must go on too. We obviously can't rehearse together at the moment like we normally would, so we are using the virtual world of Zoom video conferencing. It takes a little bit of getting used to.

"So far, it's working rather well!"

Director John Drinkwater, from Etcetera Theatre Company, virtually meets with the cast every Monday to run through our lines. We take it scene by scene, so only the actors needed for that section will join the call.

Many of the cast have already performed in professional and local Shakespeare productions, which certainly helps move rehearsals along. If you have ever read or performed a Shakespeare play, you will know that there is a lot to learn and it takes great discipline.

It also helps that we have John as the director. He has appeared in numerous Shakespeare plays including 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' at Courtyard Theatre for the R.S.C and starring as Oberon in an open-air production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'! John also directed the 'Pink Panther - A Shot in the Dark' at The Arches last year!

The difference with last year is that we were able to get together and rehearse at the venue. This time we can't so we are unable to carry out rehearsal blocking. This is where the Director and cast work through scenes and discuss staging and character movement, which brings the performance to life. Not being able to practise this element with your fellow cast member can get a little frustrating.

Thankfully, many of the cast have already performed on the outdoor stage, so they have an idea of what will work and what to expect. Plus, they know just how close the audience are! We're working extremely hard behind the scenes already, as we're dedicated to bringing you a magical summer show.

"It is a different experience for us all!"

It is something we are all feeling very positive about though so we'll keep you updated on how we are getting on. Tickets to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' performed by Etcetera Theatre Group from 6-8 August at The Arches Theatre are available now via

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