I am thinking that this blog can do with a bit of cultural excitement so I am going to share with you my latest adventure. Yesterday I went to see the Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe. Nothing unusual you think, well, actually, it wasn’t as box standard as you might think because the production was in Korean! Now I got your attention I went to see the play with a friend and we both went with an open mind and with high expectations. And we were in for a fantastic treat! It was the same old well known story with an asian twist and it worked so well! All the woodland creatures had gorgeous makeup, the actors performed very impressive dances, music was fascinating and connection with the audience was almost touchable. My estimate is that good two thirds of the people in the theatre didn’t speak any Korean and still we all laughed at the gags as the actors didn’t hesitate to wildly mime their gestures and now and again they dropped into their speech word or two in English or even a sentence. The whole performance was hilarious, the atmosphere was electric and you could see that the actors themselves had great fun.
The play was performed by Yohangza company that was founded in 1997 and means ‘voyager’. And as the Globe’s website says – their performance combines music, mime, song and dance to create an exhilarating adaptation of Shakespeare’s inventive and glittering comedy. Focusing on the story of the four mortal lovers and the spirits of the east Asian forest, Shakespeare’s characters burst onto the stage with a fresh, eastern vibrancy.
So if you get a chance to get hold of some of the remaining tickets then don’t hesitate, no matter what language, I can guarantee you that you will have great time! The whole festival finishes on 9th June so don’t miss out
Here are some official pictures from the performance (from the Globe website, no photography is allowed during the performance).