Junior Bungay theatre performers take on two of Shakespeare’s classics

Junior members of the Fisher Youth Theatre Group performing The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Drea

Junior members of the Fisher Youth Theatre Group performing The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Pic Helen Nicholson. - Credit: Archant

The junior members of the Fisher Youth Theatre Group tackled the adapted versions of two Shakespeare classics - A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest - to provide enjoyable viewing through four performances last Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

These are contrasting introductions to the great bard’s work for young actors, with plenty of scope for them in a variety of roles. And under expert coaching they entered enthusiastically into them, performing at Bungay’s Fisher Theatre.

The plays are reduced to little over half an hour each in these versions, and for young actors help the understanding of Shakespeare’s work, which can be confusing and complicated in its full versions, at least until you are well versed with his flowing prose and poetry.

Individually and collectively the production again highlights the young acting talent there is in Bungay and district, and how fortunate the town is to have a facility like the Fisher Theatre to provide an outlet for it.

The high standard of costumes, sets and special effects has always been a highlight of the group’s work and this one is no exception. The costumes are lavish and the staging immaculate.

The two scenes that stand out, one in each play, are the shipwreck scene at the start of The Tempest - a story of rivalries and romance - which captures the dramatic atmosphere, and the woodland scene in A Midsummer Night’s Dreams. Staging, lighting, the bright, ephemeral costumes and the movement of the young players in this provided an exquisite cameo of impressive quality.

They were highlights of another all-round commendable offering form the group, in which nearly 40 youngsters in all took part under the guidance of director Darren France.

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Next up is the eagerly awaited production by the senior members of the musical Les Miserables, from July 5 to July 8. Tickets for that are already selling fast.

The FYTG seniors will be performing the schools edition, with three evening shows at 7.30pm and a matinee at 2pm on July 8.

Tickets cost £9 for adults or £6 for concessions.

To book, visit www.fishertheatre.org or call 01986 897130. TERRY REEVE