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Explore dreams and imagination in our reconstructed A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Edwina Baden-Powell
By Edwina Baden-Powell

Shakespeare develops a broad range of memorable moments of love, jealousy and misunderstanding as well as contrasting characters from ancient Athens in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: royalty, nobility, lowly craftsmen – and fairies. We reconstructed this literary classic in a playful and engaging way, which makes it an ideal resource for Secondary and Tertiary students.

Theme of Dreams

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ explores dreams and imagination – the blurred lines between dreams and waking, what is real and what is not, what is reasonable…and what is not. This clip deconstructs ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in an engaging and playful way, using dialogue between some of its key characters to observe the nature of dreams. It is an ideal resource for students of English and Literature.

Series: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Production Year: 2017
Audience: Secondary, Tertiary
Subject: English

See more content in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one episode in our four-part series reconstructing this English literary classic. See more videos in the series below:

Context and Background

Understanding the context and background of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is critical to appreciating the techniques Shakespeare employed when creating this comedic literary classic. This programme deconstructs the play in an engaging and playful way, using dialogue between some of its key characters to investigate its context and background. It is an ideal resource for students of English and Literature.

The Characters of Helena, Puck, and Bottom

Shakespeare develops a broad range of memorable and contrasting characters from ancient Athens in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: royalty, nobility, lowly craftsmen – and fairies. This programme deconstructs the comedy in an engaging way using dialogue to examine some of its key characters, including Titania, Demetrius, Helena, Puck, Lysander, Hermia, and Bottom. It is an ideal resource for students of English and Literature.

Comedic Techniques

Shakespeare’s classic, immortal comedy has all the ingredients – love stories, tricks and pranks, disguise and mistaken identity, muddle and misunderstanding. This programme deconstructs ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in an engaging and playful way, using dialogue between some of its characters to explore its comedic elements. It is an ideal resource for students of English and Literature.


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