Has there ever been a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream-
- where Puck isn’t just trolling everyone, but is legitimately the most powerful and dangerous person in the story?
They do everything for their ‘master’. They’re the one to ‘put a girdle ‘round the earth in forty minutes’. They’re the one who switches Bottom’s head out for a donkey’s. They’re the one who waylays the lovers and gets them all together so the love square can be resolved. They’re the only one doing magic, getting things done. And yes, it’s all under Oberon’s direction but,
imagine if, when Oberon snaps “Helena of Athens, look now, find!”
Puck turns and stares at him, maybe gets right in his face with that unblinking look, and says quite quietly “I go, I go, look how I go; swift as an arrow from the tartar’s bow.”
And, having reminded Oberon exactly who has the power here, they step back, dismiss him and walk calmly off, leaving Oberon very shaken.
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!
hi. Do you like modern adaptations of Shakespeare? Do you like lgbt+ representation? Does Midsummer in a college party sound appealing to you? Do you like indie films? Do you care about the environment? Then PLEASE watch Bright Summer Night on YouTube. It’s an amazing 10 episode miniseries that deserves way more views than it has. I’ve linked the first episode “Puck” above. Pls watch. Warnings for drug use, implied deadnaming, relationship arguments, alcohol use etc