And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name. – William Shakespeare (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
i can’t see people mention puck w/out thinking about the fact that when i played him in 5th grade it was the first time i ever really intentionally presented as male, and there’s something in my trans little heart that has a soft spot for a midsummer night’s dream because of that
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.
Nini Theilade was a dancing fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935). Nini was born in Indonesia, and her other film credits are a 1933 German film, as a dancer in a 1934 Swedish film, and in a 1974 Danish tv short.