a midsummer's day dream


“love looks not with the eye but with the mind.”

- [Act I, scene i]

@shelliihe and I were talking about the new official art and this came to mind!

extra (plot twist):

we also talked about that lmao

in all seriousness, the new official art is too beautiful and so is shelli //both art and personality <3 ;A;;;

Happy International Women’s Day Have Some Feminist Shakespeare Quotes

If I be waspish, best beware of my sting – Katherine, As You Like It

We know what we are but know not what we may be -Ophelia, Hamlet

Though she be but little, she is fierce - Helena, Midsummer Night’s Dream

Do you not know I am a woman? When I think, I must speak. - Rosalind, As You Like It

I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me. - Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing

My drops of tears I’ll turn to sparks of fire -Katherine, Henry VIII

It’s World Theatre Day!

So as a celebration, I’d like to post a series of photos. A number of you have asked about shows I’ve done in the past, so here are some highlights:

Pharaoh, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat:

Haberdasher, The Taming of the Shrew:

Laertes, Hamlet:

Oberon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

King Alonso, The Tempest:

Gordon (the Dead Man), Dead Man’s Cell Phone:

Antipholus of Syracuse, The Comedy of Errors:

Jack Worthing, The Importance of Being Earnest:

Mr. Wickham, Pride & Prejudice:

Alonzo, Cats:

And of course…

Wheatley, Portal 2: The (Unauthorized) Musical:

Your fave is problematic: Robin Goodfellow

-thinks mortals are fools
-turned a guy into a donkey
-proceeded to make jokes about how the guy was an ass
-made his queen fall in love with the guy
-gave a love potion to the WRONG PERSON
-ran around the earth in 40 minutes (how????)
-eventually fixed the mess he made but it took the ENTIRE NIGHT

Lessons in Love: Relationship Advice from the Bard

Charlotte Horobin, Globe Digital Assistant, reflects on what love lessons we can learn from Shakespeare’s plays… 

Relationship stuck in a rut? Is your other half acting strangely and avoiding you? Or do you need help bagging a date? Then look no further than the Bard for answers to all your relationship woe…*

*Disclaimer: Not all relationships in Shakespeare have a happy ending. Advice is taken at your own risk and we cannot be responsible for any harm or damage that you suffer as a result.

Why won’t he notice me?

Twelfth Night, 2013

So you’ve washed up on a strange island, frightened and alone. You think your twin brother has drowned in the shipwreck you managed to survive. You decide to disguise yourself as a man (specifically, your brother) and encounter a lovelorn Duke who pines after another Lady. Meanwhile, said Lady has become infatuated with your disguised manly self.

What do you do?

Win the Duke’s trust by wooing the Lady on his behalf (whilst rejecting her advances), and hope that he notices your feminine side underneath the manly bravado during your intimate “man-to-man” chats.

Help! I’m caught up in a messy love-square-triangle

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2013

Your father wants you to marry one bloke, but you’re in love with another. Meanwhile, you’re tall, pathetic best friend is hung up on the man your father wants you to marry. You decide to elope with your lover to the forest, but then it all goes wrong when both men stop fawning over you, and instead become enamoured with your supposed friend.

What do you do?

Confront them all and insist they explain themselves. Cling to your lover’s person and attack your best friend if you have to (and maybe it’ll all be miraculously resolved when you wake up the next day…)

I’m in love with my sworn enemy

Romeo & Juliet, 2015

Your parents throw an elaborate masked ball and you meet a dream of a guy there. He kisses you, you swoon, only to find out he’s the son of the family you’ve been in a feud with for as long as you can remember. Meanwhile, your father insists your marry this Princely chap who’s quite frankly not up to scratch.

What do you do?

Enlist the help of your Nurse and Friar so you can marry your love in secret. What could possibly go wrong?

She gave my handkerchief to another man

Othello, 2015

You’ve got it all – you’re a celebrated war hero, you’ve married the woman of your dreams and you’re slowly gaining the respect of all those around you. Yet your friend is insisting all is not as it seems, and doubts start creeping in your mind about your wife’s fidelity, especially when she tells you she’s lost your mother’s handkerchief…

What do you do?

Ask your friend for advice as he’s bound to have your best interests at heart.

I’m bored with my current wife and want an upgrade

Richard III, 2012

You seduced your wife over the dead body of her father-in-law (who you killed, along with her first husband), but now she bores you and there’s a younger model on the scene (who also happens to be your niece). What’s more, she can strengthen your claim to the throne…

What do you do?

Poison your current wife so you can be free to woo your niece, then convince her mother of how wonderful you would be as a husband.

How can I ask her out when she doesn’t speak my language?

Henry V, 2012

You’ve succeeded in winning the biggest battle of your reign so far and have been promised your foe’s daughter’s hand in marriage in return for peace. Yet when you meet her, neither can understand what the other is saying – your French is terrible and her English just sounds dirty.

What do you do?

Humour, wit and good looks are your ally. Charm her with your smile and give her a good smack on the lips for good measure.

My wife is pregnant with my best friend’s child

The Winter’s Tale, 2016

You and your wife are expecting your second child together, yet you’ve noticed recently she’s spending more and more time with your best friend. You become convinced she’s having an affair, and the child in her belly is not yours.

What do you do?

Plot the murder of your pal, put your wife on trial for adultery, and then later order one of your men to ditch your newborn daughter in the wilderness.

How do I tame her wild ways?

The Taming of the Shrew, 2016

You married for money, but now you’ve got your wife home, you’ve realised you’ve got more than you bargained for. She’s wild, unruly and refuses to do as you say.

What do you do?

Refuse her food and clothing, and disagree with her on everything. Force her to agree with everything you say, no matter how absurd. Drag her back to her father’s house and boast of your newly tamed wife.

Why won’t he settle?

All’s Well That Ends Well, 2014

You’re in love with the Countess’ son, but he is indifferent to you. After curing the King of France of his sickness, he promises you the hand of any man in his court. You choose the Countess’ son, and the King forces him to marry you. After the ceremony, however, your new husband flees to the wars, but not before laying out conditions that he’ll only truly be with you after you’ve borne his child.

What do you do?

Pursue him as he travels across the globe. Watch as he cohorts with other women, but then trick him in to sleeping with you instead, so you’ll end up pregnant with his child. Then he’ll have to settle.


Behold: six Shakespeare-themed Valentine’s Day cards, made by me!

Find more Valentines here!

Please do NOT remove this caption!

Please reblog/like this if you use any of them, or want to support my love of terrible jokes!

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:

1, 4?

1. if someone wanted to really understand you, what would they read, watch, and listen to?

“Utopia” by Sir Thomas More

“Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare

1985′s “Reanimator” [ the tv cut; with all the “good parts” taken out according to Ed ]

Music -

“I See The Math” by Abandoned Pools

“Lost Boy” by Ruth B

“Not All Me” by Alanis Morissette

4. do you like your name?  is there another name you think would fit you better?

Ellie Gall to play Catherine Langford!

Via Stargate Command:

Stargate Command is delighted to announce that Ellie Gall has been chosen to portray legendary Stargate icon, Catherine Langford, in the upcoming premium digital series, Stargate Origins.

Ellie Gall recently starred on the Lifetime television movie A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE, a psychological thriller and modern-day take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She first endeared herself to fans as a series regular on Australia’s Disney Channel series MIND OVER MADDIE. Additional credits include recurring roles on Australia’s period drama A PLACE TO CALL HOME and the acclaimed Network Ten series PUBERTY BLUES chronicling the coming-of-age of two teenage girls during the late 1970s.

The Stargate Origins production will shine a whole new light on one of the most crucial figures in the Stargate saga, and in a special message to Stargate Command members, reveals just how much this means to her.

“The opportunity to portray this iconic character is once in a lifetime,” said Gall, “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Stargate family and I hope Stargate fans are as equally excited as I am about Catherine Langford’s new adventure.”

But, this exciting casting announcement is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to good news today, because we can now officially announce that Stargate Origins has commenced production.

With the cast and crew officially getting principal photography underway, we can now also reveal the names of those who will be joining Gall on the Stargate Origins cast list, including a familiar face from Stargate: Atlantis.

Connor Trinneer returns to the Stargate franchise, 11 years after he first appeared as Michael Kenmore in Season 2 of Stargate: Atlantis. Over the course of a 10-episode arc spanning 3 seasons, Trinneer’s performances turned the complex Lastlight/Michael Kenmore into a fan-favorite character. Now, Trinneer will take on another famous name from the Stargate franchise, playing Professor Paul Langford, the man whose archaeological dig uncovered the stargate back in 1929.

Joining Trinneer and Gall on the Stargate Origins cast are Salome Azizi, Philip Alexander, Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez, Daniel Rashid, Sarah Navratil, Shvan Aladdin, Tonatiuh Elizarraraz, Derek Chariton, Justin Michael Terry and Lincoln Werner Hoppe, with more information on those roles to be released in the coming weeks.

Catherine Langford is a character whose life remains somewhat shrouded in mystery. Stargate Origins will dive deep into the adventures that provide additional context to Catherine’s lifelong fascination with the ancient artifact her father uncovered in the Egyptian desert, revealing a story that sits at the heart of the entire Stargate saga.

Released exclusively on Stargate Command later this year, Stargate Origins is produced by entertainment studio New Form, as well as MGM’s Digital Group, and the series will be directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan (“Virtual Morality”) and written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry.

so here’s an idea about a midsummer night’s dream

why not post it on the internet, at this point.

ok SO you know what, there are some fascinating parallels to be drawn if you cast Puck as a child, or at least around the same age as the orphan boy Titania and Oberon fight over.

like i’m sure i’m not the only one who’s thought this, but wouldn’t it be really interesting if once upon a time, Puck was a (very young) faerie-esque child who was also fought over by the fairy rulers and was quickly neglected in favor of other pursuits???? and now he serves Oberon not only to try and mess his plans up but also because he still seeks any form of attention by any means necessary. 

so when Titania abandons the orphan boy in favor of doting over Bottom, it’s like, another cycle is being repeated; the orphan boy ends up in Oberon and Tiania’s shared custody, sure, but i think his fate is ultimately pretty ambiguous. unless you see Puck, who is wild and chaotic and resourceful and tricks people because what else is he going to do, how else is he going to get any form of validation? 

he hates and pities the orphan boy, who is so loved and cherished like an object, like a plaything, and puck knows all too well what will happen to that child. and he laughs at the lovers, these foolish mortals who think love is so easily given and received; they don’t know the dangers that lurk in the forest. love can be taken away as easily as it is transferred. puck imitates their calls and laughs and laughs, but he is jealous of them, because just this once, he wants someone to care for him too. the way a parent is supposed to. 

when he says, “I will lead them up and down/I am feared in field and town/Goblin, lead them up and down,” (3. 2 line 408ish, i’m too lazy to 100% cite this) he is proving to himself that yes, he is terrifying, he is a monster, of course he is feared. that’s why no one can stand him. it’s what he’s good at, he can’t be anything else. he’s tried. nothing works. 

i think the bit of hope that can be gleaned from this interpretation is that in the end, Puck DOES form a connection with the audience. we laugh with him when the lovers fumble about in the woods, we are fascinated by his trickster antics and when he speaks, we listen. after all, he drives the plot. he makes everything happen, really: it wouldn’t be Midsummer without Puck. when he delivers his final epilogue, it should be a moment of happiness, of childlike joy and desperate relief, because finally, he is alone and all eyes are on him, everyone is listening to him, everyone sees him. for a brief, eternal moment, the relationship he forges with the audience is genuine and true and for once, he is loved. it may be his fantasy, his own dream, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t real.