Play on Bill: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Not That Dream Again! by Richard Baines
Play on Bill is a series of plays written for classroom and school performance, based on the plays of William Shakespeare. Each play is essentially about a school performance of the Shakespeare play, with interactions between the actors in the school play, the backstage crew, the staff, and the roles in Shakespeare’s play.
Each play is an enjoyable drama in its own right, but has the added value of introducing students to some of the characters and better known scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.
All plays have a large cast and effectively involve the whole class.
In Not that Dream Again! Shakespeare is on the road. The players are just completing a leg of the Comeback Tour, which, says William, will be his ‘very last public appearance.’ The tour includes some of his best-known numbers, Much Ado, The Shrew, that sort of thing. Not That Dream Again! is A Midsummer Night’s Dream as pantomime, just the way Shakespeare intended it! The first folio text has been brought up to date with the addition of a couple of songs, dances and a few extra scenes courtesy of the Bard’s own sheer comic genius. This, you might say, is the Director’s Cut.