CLUBBING and Shakespeare – two forms of entertainment which don’t quite fit together.
Until now, it seems, because this week sees Glasgow theatre company Sonic Boom stage a new interpretation of one of the Bard’s most famous comedies...in the middle of a city nightspot.
Imagine the enchanted Athens woods transported to the dark corners of Renfrew Street’s Flying Duck.
Now picture yourself wandering freely among the fairies, and perhaps you’re just about there.
It’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a tale of love and magical mischief – but this time in a one-hour interactive walk-through.
Southsider Kenny Boyle is co-director of the company alongside friend Clare Sheppard, and the professional actor is also playing the role of Oberon.
The 26-year-old, from Battlefield, told Live: “Lots of people turn off to Shakespeare as soon as they hear it, so we wanted to do something with a twist and make it interactive – much like a promenade performance.
“It’s always been both mine and Clare’s favourite of his plays, so we just had to give it a go”.
Kenny continued: “We’ve had some fun with it – the comedy’s still there, but we’re in a venue for adults so we’ve used that to make the fairies very dark. It’s a nice balance between the two”.
And falling prey to those pesky fairies is 21-year-old westender Darren Thorpe who eagerly assumes the role of Bottom.
The theatre and literature student from Woodlands explained: “He’s a character I’ve wanted to play for a long time. Shakespeare’s a challenge anyway, and it’s a comedy role, which is my forte”.
He added: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream hasn’t been done like this before.
“It gives audiences a real sense of freedom and intimacy at once – and it looks brilliant”.
Performances will undoubtedly be intimate, with a limit of just 25 people per show.
But with two runs each night, there’s still plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the magical world – and words – of the Bard himself.
n Performances at the Flying Duck on Wednesday (6 and 8pm), Thursday (5 and 7pm) and Friday (6 and 8pm). Tickets cost £5, available from firstname.lastname@example.org.