A Midsummer Night's Dream

ETG 2001/02 Tour

[A note from the Directors]
[Tour Schedule]

Passion, Confusion, Illusion. When you lose your heart, you also lose your head. Four Athenian lovers run away into the dark midsummer woods, stumbling into a world where the rules no longer apply. Fiery flamenco and the dark, wild rhythms of the forest breathe new life into one of Shakespeare's most oft-performed and most enduring masterpieces, brought to you by the European Theatre Group. Magic is in the air, and an electric heat suffuses the place ... strange things are happening on the strangest day of the year.

The European Theatre Group is the premier touring drama company within Britain's prestigious University of Cambridge. It has a long-standing reputation for producing innovative and forward thinking drama. In 1957, it was founded as The Experimental Theatre Group, by a group of friends led by Michael Deakin, the now famous film producer - and including the internationally renowned Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Ian McKellen and Trevor Nunn - who took Romeo and Juliet on tour across most of Switzerland for a couple of weeks. The tour was a great success, and we have visited Europe just before Christmas ever since.

For 43 years, ETG has provided successive generations of company members and audiences with challenging experiences completely unimaginable elsewhere in British student theatre, whilst at the same time fostering social and cultural links between Britain and the rest of Europe. The tour has now matured from its humble origins (half a dozen actors and a set transported in two fruit vans!) into a challenging coach bound operation for a for a company of 25, with planning beginning in March for the following December's production.
This year, ETG takes in thirteen venues in a whistle-stop tour through seven countries in seventeen days! Our venues range from school halls to a converted bread oven, from the Swiss Alps to magical Paris. We then return to Cambridge in the first week of Lent Term 2001 to perform for a week in the home of student theatre there - the ADC Theatre.
Bring some warmth into the dark days of winter: at times sensual, dynamic and exhilarating, we explore the illusions on which both theatre and love itself are based. A visual spectacle of inventiveness and irreverence, brought to you by some of Britain's finest student dramatists: ETG's 2001 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The Company

Tour Manager Anna Gordon-Walker
Business Manager Michael Nabarro
Directors Alex Mackintosh
Katie McAleese
Technical Director/Lighting Designer Dave Jennions
Technical Director Andy McNeil
Publicity Manager Ben James
Set Designer Laura Pollard
Costume Designer Katie Marsden
Stage Manager Em Roxanas
Welfare Officer Tigger MacGregor
Composer/Musician Dylan Pugh
General Technicians Ella Chaitow
Adam Kirtley
Ali MacDonald
Oberon/Theseus Nick Blackburn
Titania/Hippolyta Katie Baines
Puck/Philostrate Kier Shiels
Bottom Duncan Harte
Lysander Richard Crawley
Hermia Laura Andrews
Demetrius Nathan Pyne-Carter
Helena Charlotte Thompson
Snug/Egeus Tom Smith
Flute/Thisby Tom Bell
Quince Natalie Trangmar
Starveling Chris Till


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