Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’


A cast of talented actors have come together to put on a fantastic performance of Shakespeare’s classic ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

“Adding a dash of Steampunk splendor, the actors are beautiful, striking and it’s hard to take your eyes off them.” – Michael Adcock

“The acting is absolutely brilliant. Romantic, humorous and mischievous. This version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is an absolute must see.” – Holly Pitt



Puck for blog

Hot on the heels of the amazingly successful trailer film for ‘Romeo & Juliet’ (at over 3.5K views already!), we’re going to be shooting the next trailer for ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on 10 August.  We’ll be returning to the same location we used for the photo shoot, and as well as the Fairy’s, this trailer will also feature some of the ‘mortals’ in the shape of Lysander, Hermia, Helena and Demetrius.  We’re keeping everything crossed for good weather!

We’ll post another blog very soon to tell you how we approach such a film shoot, with our production partner Wild Edric Media.

Casting News :two

Rehearsals have also started for our production of Alan Ayckbourn’s A Chorus of Disapproval which is to be presented at Ludlow Assembly Rooms between 22 -25 June inclusive. Directed by Sue Smith, the cast is as follows:

Mr Ames                                       Mark Aitchison

Bridget Baines                            Ashleigh Aston

Fay Hubbard                                 Lizzie Hastings

Ian Hubbard                                 Ben Andrew

Jarvis Huntley -Pike                  Bob Clarke

Rebecca Huntley -Pike              Ellie Darvill

Guy Jones                                      Mark Topping

Dafydd ap Llewellyn                  Andrew Whittle

Hannah Llewellyn                      Claire Jones

Crispin Usher                              Ed Laboda

Enid Washbrook                         Sue Hawkins

Linda Washbrook                        Hannah Jane Yeoman

Ted Washbrook                            Neville Cann

Further details also to follow…



Casting News

We are pleased to report that rehearsals have started and are going well for our production of Bull by Mike Bartlett, the writer of   King Charles 111 and BBC TV’s Doctor Foster.

The cast is:

Thomas        Morgan Rees-Davies

Isobel            Poppy Wilde

Tony              Dan Wilby

Carter           Andrew Whittle

The play is being directed by Chris Barltrop.

In addition to a private performance in Stratford -upon -Avon on Friday 20th May, the play will be performed at The Coach House, Malvern

on Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th July and then between Tuesday to Friday 19th to 22nd July at Ludlow Brewery.

Further details to follow..





The auditions for A Chorus of Disapproval will take place on Monday 7th March 2016 at 8.00pm at Little Witley Village Hall, just two days after the final performance of Mermaid. Those that have already expressed an interest in being involved will be sent an Audition Notice. Audition Notices will be available at The Swan Theatre during the  Mermaid run. Anybody wanting to receive the Notice by email should notify us by our Facebook page or by emailing

‘1595’: Midsummer Night’s Dream/Romeo & Juliet


Following on from the June production, the Company will be returning to The Assembly Rooms in Ludlow during the period 5 – 17 September. This will be our most ambitious venture to date and all to be presented under the title “The 1595 Season”

What we are going to be doing is presenting two Shakespeare plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet. The plan is that they will be performed in rep with alternating performances.

Both plays are thought to have been written by William Shakespeare in or about 1595 (hence our label) and there are links between the two. Did the story of Pyramus and Thisbie give Shakespeare the idea for Romeo and Juliet? Or were the young ill fated couple from Verona the subject of a subsequent parody in A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

The plays are, and will in our productions be, linked. But we are re-arranging the digits  and both plays will be set not in 1595 but rather …1955.


Actors are invited to audition for either or both plays. The Director for both productions is Carl Walker, who successfully directed last year’s production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. Audition dates are below:

Audition Day 1: Sun 27 March at Appletree Studio, Ludlow
2pm-3.30pm: Romeo & Juliet auditions
3.30-5pm: The Dream auditions

Audition Day 2: Tues 29 March at Little Witley Village Hall
7-8.30pm: Romeo & Juliet auditions
8.30-10pm: The Dream auditions

Audition Day 3: Wed 30 March at Appletree Studio, Ludlow
7-8.30pm: Romeo & Juliet auditions
8.30-10pm: The Dream auditions

If you’re interested, please email Carl Walker on and you’ll be sent full audition registration details.

March 2016

JUNE 2016

We can now reveal the confirmed production for June 2016. It is the comedy, A Chorus of Disapproval by Alan Ayckbourne and it is to be presented at The Assembly Rooms, Ludlow the week commencing 13 June.

A diffident widower attempts to escape loneliness by joining

the local amateur light operatic society. By accident rather than

design (in fact, by not saying “no” to anything be it a request to

obtain confidential information from his company or an offer of

illicit sex) he advances from a small part to the lead. Parallels

are drawn between The Beggar’s Opera and the day to day

activities of the society which is performing it.

” A brilliance and invention remarkable even by his standards”  (Financial Times)

“Symmetrically shaped, psychologically acute and painfully, heart breakingly funny” (Guardian)

7 male and 6 female parts







Mermaid: Cast List

in alphabetical order:

Helena Devereux…………………………Mermaid 2

Vicki Glover……………………………….Blue

Lizzie Hastings…………………………..Mermaid 3

Ed Loboda…………………………………Prince

Hannah Pritchard………………………Mermaid 1

Wayne Swann……………………………King/Security Guard

Malc Williams……………………………Father/Private Secretary

Skye Witney………………………………Mother/Grandmer/Queen

Hannah Jane Yeoman………………….Little Mermaid

other parts played by members of the cast…..



by Polly Teale

Beneath the ocean’s waves there is no death or pain or separation. Above, the modern world is beset with war, poverty and desire.

On her sixteenth birthday, a mermaid rises up to the surface, leaving her childhood behind for ever when she falls in love with a mortal prince. She knows that she can no longer live
at the bottom of the ocean –
but must she destroy herself in order to be loved ?

A bold reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of love, loss and longing, transported to a contemporary setting.

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