With their interpretation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, where a school assembly hall turns into a magic forest and performing teachers become Helena, Puck and Nick Bottom, Antú Romero Nunes and his team invite us to a sumptuous, hilarious celebration of theatre.
A group of people enter the stage, immediately recognisable as teachers. They rehearse Shakespeare’s iconic play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from the late 16th century, where four young lovers stumble into an enchanting forest just days before the ruling couple of Athens is to be married. Apart from the feuding fairy couple Oberon and Titania and the sprite Puck, this forest also holds magic potions that change identities, blur realities and create spaces of possibility. More and more, the teachers commit to their acting, their representation grows more skilful, their imaginations soar and the evening becomes even more fun for everyone.
Antú Romero Nunes and Theater Basel’s company, who show an extraordinary versatility, perform at their peak. The stage gradually transforms into a magic forest. And an elaborate concept of costumes and music changes the theatre space into a fantasy world which asks the question of what is illusion and what is reality in its most inherent metier: in the theatre.