Shakespeare brought to life in new show

"The Dream Space" production shot
"The Dream Space" production shot

PUPPETRY, storytelling and spectacle bring some of Shakespeare’s best loved characters to life as part of a new show for young children.

The Dream Space explores the magic and mayhem of one of the Bard’s funniest plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Derngate in Northampton.

The fun and interactive show invites children and their families to join a team of Fairy Finders on an expedition searching for a missing fairy.

Dressed as though they are going on a hike into woodland, the Fairy Finders, Snout, Barbara Snug, Peter Quince, Frances Flute and Nick Bottom, greet us excitedly to explain the mission ahead.

The quest leads everyone to the magical Dream Space, an enchanted garden full of flowers, soft lighting and treasure boxes inhabited by the classic characters of the play including Titania, Oberon and the mischievous Puck.

Along the way we are given instructions such as wearing our clothes inside out and looking for buttons which fairies apparently like taking from humans!

The five Fairy Finders use an array of magical puppets, creative costumes and beautiful soundscapes to create the Dream Space world. They are wonderful and really capture the children’s imaginations.

This is a beautifully conceived show which brings Shakespeare to a younger audience. Suitable for children aged five and over, the shows run daily (check website for various times) until Saturday, June 23.

Tickets are available from the Derngate Box Office on 01604 624811 or online