*midsummer

backthehelloutofherway  asked:

Okay so what I want to know (as a theatre major alum) how does the appearance of the court in the theatre affect those students and do they ever stage A Midsummer Night's Dream?

There are some days where you just know, on the level of base animal instinct, that this is Not A Good Day To Visit The Theatre, by silent agreement the class group chat hashes out somewhere else to meet. But you’re a theatre major, and the Theatre is at the end of the day still pretty goddamn integral to what you do. So -

There are other days where you feel your instincts shouting warnings up your spine, and you grit your teeth and walk into the auditorium anyway (although you knock, first. It’s a courtesy thing). It always looks empty, unless you’re unlucky enough to have been stricken Sighted, or you’re a customer of Cat Eyes. Even then, you don’t look. You do what you have to do, and you pretend that you can’t smell apple blossoms, cloyingly sweet, and you pretend that there’s not an audience, a vague sense of amusement, eight-fingered hands paging paging through the lines when you put down the script. You think the whole thing amuses them, most of the time. If you’ve interrupted something you shouldn’t have, there are accidents.

No one intends to stage The Play. No one ever sits down and goes, ‘You know what would be a good idea? Flipping off the gods during a thunderstorm while wearing metal gloves’. Nevertheless, it happens. People say it was a fantastic show. You wish you could remember it.

anonymous asked:

i told my english teacher i wanted to read the brick and she said my reading level wasn't high enough, so to spite her i read it all over the course of a few months and i was so proud honestly

fucking GOOD!!!!!!!!!! SPITE IS GOOD!!!

i once learned Titania’s 3 page speech from A Midsummer Night’s Dream off by heart over night bc my english teacher implied i couldnt. 

LET YOUR SPITE FUEL YOU. I TOO AM PROUD OF YOU.

(im also very impressed. also im very glad everyone is coming to me with their spite reading stories of les mis. honestly thank you. i thrive off this salt)

okay but if you’re ever in london and you have the chance to see a shakespeare play performed at the globe theatre itself DO IT even if you don’t think you’d dig shakespeare

if you need convincing here are a few highlights from when my family and i went to see the official globe theatre production of a midsummer night’s dream:

  • they cast helena as a guy (helenus), first of all. they took a straight love square between two girls and two guys and made it a love square between a girl and three guys, only one of which was white. both sets of couples get happy endings and it’s fuckin adorable
  • it was reimagined with an indian setting
  • puck had a water pistol and kept shooting at the audience
  • historical accuracy?? who cares everyone’s gonna dress like a modern hipster teenager
  • bottom and his acting troupe sung bon jovi
  • oh yeah also the acting troupe were reimagined as globe theatre employees with delusions of acting skills
  • hermia and helenus sung single ladies by beyonce
  • innuendos. innuendoes everywhere
  • oberon walked onstage for the fight between oberon and titania drunk with a half-empty bottle of schweppes
  • lysander spent a significant length of time in the play wandering around in just boxers and a leather jacket
  • oberon made out with puck
  • demetrius dabbed
shakespeare summarized badly
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream: doing weird shit at 2 am
  • Hamlet: dramatic gay makes tough choices
  • Romeo and Juliet: "hating dear old mom and daA-A-A-D"
  • Much Ado About Nothing: dear god they're oblivious
  • Twelfth Night: gender is irrelevant
Conspiracy theory:

When Mercutio lay dying  Queen Mab came and took pity on him, and since she could not heal his wounds she turned him into a fairy and got him a job in the fairy court of a friend of hers.
This also explains why Puck got so annoyed at the players, in his former life he had god knows enough trouble with star crossed lovers!

One of my favorite things about Shakespeare is how he works his stage directions into the dialogue.  Like, in Macbeth, he says the hallucinatory dagger looks as real “as this that I now draw,” so you know he’s meant to be drawing his dagger.  It’s usually nice and subtle.

But I can’t. stop. laughing. at Oberon’s line in Midsummer where he says “I am invisible and will overhear their conference.”  Like.  This regal fae king is just letting you know. That he’s invisible.  So when nobody notices him lurking there… you know.  He’s invisible.  You can see him, because you’re the audience.  But no one else.  I am invisible.