The course of true love never did run smooth . . .

The cast of Dream On make a teaser appearance at the Southside Festival.
The cast of Dream On make a teaser appearance at the Southside Festival.

SHAKESPEAREAN tragedy is all well and good – but youngsters at Theatre Ecole are dreaming of summer in another, more lighthearted production this week.

The Queen’s Park church group presents Dream On, a musical adaptation of the Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

There’s a topical theme, as the singing and dancing takes place amid the Olympic Games, but the story is much the same as young lovers Lysander and Hermia – along with the jealous Helena and Demetrius – fall prey to the whims of meddling fairies in the temple wood.

But unlike the traditional storyline, this version includes a tango, a rumba and a rap.

Alright, so it’s not the most conventional introduction to Shakespeare – but it’s bound to be a lot of fun for both audience and cast, which ranges in age from nine to 25 (many training with Theatre Ecole in the hope of chasing that dream career in performance).

Best of all, it’s Shakespeare on your doorstep – and not having to hunt for a city centre parking space sounds magic alright.

Dream On at Queen’s Park church from Wednesday until Saturday. Performances at 7pm, plus Sat matinee at 2pm. Tickets £7 (£6 conc) from 423 6037 or admin@ecoleenterprise.com.