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For nine nights during February and March, audiences at your Haven Amphitheatre were treated to William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, his most loved comedy, the way he intended – outdoors in the amphitheatre’s idyllic bush setting!

There was no better backdrop for this magical and romantic tale of warring fairies, Athenian lovers and a group of bumbling actors in a moonlit forest as they fall under the magical spell of the summer solstice. The Raw Em production was full of energy and fun; and Shakespeare’s tale came to life with all the vitality contained in the classic words of the play.

Those who attended were delighted by the uplifting adventure about love, chaos, marriage and dreams. We were pleasantly surprised at the number of young people who attended the performances, and they certainly seemed to enjoy themselves allowing the excellent performances of the players to carry them with much laughter through the classic story. The season was a great success for the Haven, with over 750 patrons attending the performances, even though the first weekend was troubled by uncertain weather.

Nine nights of commitment to running the theatre was a ‘big ask’ for any community group so, on behalf of the Haven Committee, I thank all those members of the community who gave willingly of their time to assist the Haven in the presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

What’s Next at the Haven?? Watch this space in the next issue of The Crag.

Howard Rubie