Six amateur actors from Hucknall have been cast in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s forthcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Part of the Lovelace Theatre Group, they will play the roles of the ‘Mechanicals’ when the production visits the Theatre Royal Nottingham between Tuesday 3 and Saturday 7 May 2016.
Some of Shakespeare’s best loved characters, the ‘Mechanicals’ (including the iconic role of Bottom the Weaver) are an under-prepared, yet loveable bunch of craftsmen and women who put themselves forward to entertain royalty at the end of the play. In Nottingham the roles will be played by:
Daniel Knight (Flute, the Bellows Mender); Linda Mayes (Quince, the Carpenter); James McBride (Snug, the Joiner); Tom Morley (Starveling, the Tailor); Becky Morris (Bottom, the Weaver); Jennifer White (Snout, the Tinker).
The Lovelace Theatre Group is based at the John Godber Centre in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. The cast of actors from the group who will be performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation are from all walks of life, including a learning disability support worker, a contracts manager, a secondary school creative arts manager, a clinical trial co-ordinator, a student and a PA.
The group will perform alongside a cast of 18 professional actors, and a professional creative team, led by RSC Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman. Initially the amateur actors will rehearse in Nottingham, with their own amateur director, Pat Richards, also of Lovelace Theatre Group. They will then rehearse with the RSC team from January 2016. Born and bred in Hucknall, Pat has been with the Lovelace Theatre Group since the 1960s and has been acting for 50 years.
Pat Richards, who will be directing the Lovelace Theatre Group, said: “The Lovelace Theatre is thrilled and delighted that it was chosen by RSC! We are ecstatic at what we have achieved and look forward to working with all at the RSC. It is also very good for all at The Lovelace Theatre Hucknall who started it all.”
By Emma Page