A Midsummer Nights Dream

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  • Created on: 02-05-17 12:17

Social Historical Context - AMSND

  • AMSND-Shakespeare-1595
  • 1st Jan 1605 performed
  • 4 lovers journey, fairies, side stories Bottom - comedy
  • thrust staging - Globe Theatre
  • men play women
  • Rennaisance
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Design Concept - Fairy - AMSND

  • Artaudian
  • Large nature inflence 
  • dystopian
  • Surrealism 
  • Black magic/dystopean - more interesting to a modern audience as they don't believe in mythology 
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Design Concept - Real World - AMSND

  • realism
  • set in modern day - appeal to modern audience
  • symbolic sound and lighting
  • procenium arch - fourth wall

Helena = lawyers daughter                             Peter Quince = serious creative director

Hermia = normal working class                       Snug the Joiner = carpenter

Lysander = wokring class                               Flute Bellows Mender = handy man

Demetrius = upper class/rich                          Snout the tinker = garage worker

Egeus = Lawyer                                            Starvelling the Tailor = tailor

Theseus = Mayor 

Hippolyta = Thesues' Fiance

Bottom = egotistical actor

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How will I show locations?:

Fairy Kingdom: THRUST : Surrealism, back of stage criss - cross netting brown green, large oak tree donwstage left with hollow inside, downstage right plform shaped like cloud, thrust with chair and indian puppet

Modern / posh: PROCENIUM ARCH: backdrop of posh shops, plain cobbled flooring, large marble fountain stage right

Modern / poor: PROCENIUM ARCH: bckdrop of normal shops, cobbled patch at back stretching from left to right, muddy grass some flowers, fountain that characters B&M use as stage 

The Dukes Oak: PROCENIUM ARCH: a pub, back drop of pub with windows to see inside, wooden decking floor, wooden circle tables, very low fancing to not obstruct view but show pub garden

Theseus Study: PROCENIUM ARCH: back drop of dusty bookshelves, brown mahogany offic desk middel stage left, semi circle clack plush sofa middle stage right, large bay window stage left

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Ideas For Bottom & The Mechanicals

  • modern men with modern jobs 
  • using slapstick comedy/berkoff 
  • contrast bottom to surrealism of the fairy world 
  • come from outside the gateed community
  • lower class
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AMSND - Hermia Costume

  • Black, Silk Velvelt, Pencil skirt - POSH
  • White, Chiffon Blouse - POSH
  • Red Blazer - POSH BUT BOLD AND BRAVE
  • Black Woolen Tights - CONSERVED
  • Black Patent Kitten Heels - POSH AND RICH
  • Straight Hair, Red Headband 
  • Natural Make Up - NEAT AND CLEAN
  • Patent Flats (When Running Away) - STILL POSH

Changes Throughout

  • messy hair
  • mascara smudges eyes for crying
  • loses jacket
  • mud smears
  • twigs and leaves in hair and on clothes - NATURES INFLUENCE MORE AS TIME GOES ON
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AMSND - Helena Costume

  • Pale Blue Cotton Tshirt Dress -- SIMPLE, LESS BOLD THAN HERMIA, POORER
  • White cotten cardigen - STILL CONSERVED
  • white and blue trainers - MODERN AND POORER
  • natural makeup 
  • frizzy curley hair - LESS NEAT AND TIDY THAN HERMIA
  • red lipstick (when following D) - TO ENTICE HIM

As time goes on

  • twigs and leaves in hair - NATURES INFLUENCE
  • dischevveleed 
  • muddy trainers 
  • cut of knee
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AMSND - Helena Costume

  • Pale Blue Cotton Tshirt Dress -- SIMPLE, LESS BOLD THAN HERMIA, POORER
  • White cotten cardigen - STILL CONSERVED
  • white and blue trainers - MODERN AND POORER
  • natural makeup 
  • frizzy curley hair - LESS NEAT AND TIDY THAN HERMIA
  • red lipstick (when following D) - TO ENTICE HIM

As time goes on

  • twigs and leaves in hair - NATURES INFLUENCE
  • dischevveleed 
  • muddy trainers 
  • cut of knee
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AMSND - Lysander Costume

  • plain white t shirt - SIMPLE HONEST BOY 
  • black leather jacket - BAD BOY IMAGE FOR EGEUS
  • black, denim, skinny jeans - MODERN
  • black trainers scruffy - MODERN AND OWER CLASS
  • buzzcut hair - "BAD BOY"

As time goes on

  • jacket rips
  • dischevelled 
  • twigs and leaves - NATURES INFLUENCE
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AMSND - Demetrius Costume

  • brown chinos - POSH BETTER THAN LYSANDER
  • black leather belt - RICH 
  • pale blue cotton shirt, first three buttons undone - SELF - CONFIDENT, FORESHADOWS HOW HE WANTS HELENA LATER 
  • brown plaid blazer - POSH 
  • suade brown desert boots - BORING POSH 

As time goes on 

  • scuffed shoes
  • dischevellled
  • loses jacket
  • twigs and leaves - NATURES INFLUENCE
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AMSND - Egeus & Theseus Costume

Egeus 

  • Brown 2 piece suit & leather shoes - POSH RICH LAWYER BUT LOWER HIERACHY TO THESEUS 

Theseus

  • Black 2 piece suit & leather shoes - POSH RICH LAWYER HIGHER HIERACHY THAT EGEUS 
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AMSND - Hippolyta Costume

  • white pant suit - NEAUTRAL IN THE SITUATION
  • stiletto red heels - SYMBOLISE HEAT BETWEEN HER AND THESEUS 
  • hair in neat bun - POSH 
  • heavy makeup but nice BEAUTIFUL 
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AMSND - Titania Costume

  • artaudian 
  • raven
  • short mesh black skirt - BLACK SWAN LIKE , BEAUTIFUL BUT SCARY 
  • black corsette - BLACK SWAN LIKE, BEAUTIFUL BUT SCARY
  • black feather trail from waist to floor - RAVEN 
  • tiara made of twigs laced with black feathers ROYALTY OF NATURE , RAVEN 
  • heavy makeup , black smokey eyes, black lipstick - DARK NON HUMAN 
  • extremely long black nails sharp - TALONS RAVEN FEAR ARTAUDIAN 
  • bare foot - AT ONE WITH NATURE 
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AMSND - Oberon Costume

  • contacts creating snake eyes - ARTAUDIAN 
  • heavy green eye makeup - NON HUMAN
  • body paint creating patches of scales - SCARY SNAKE 
  • crown of twigs laced with baby snakes - ROYALTY OF NATURE SNAKE 
  • deep green lycra playsuit, to the knee with a scaled pattern - TIGHT ALMOST LIKE SKIN SCARY
  • scaled cloack from neck to ground - ROYALTY 
  • bare foot - AT ONE WITH NATURE 
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AMSND - Puck Costume

  • inspired by peter pan
  • youngish boy
  • contacts that white out the eye - ARTAUDIAN 
  • green lycra shorts covered in leaves - INFLEUNCE OF NATURE PART OF NATURE 
  • sash of leaves - INFLEUNCE OF NATURE PART OF NATURE 
  • body paint making him seem grey - SCARY NON HUMAN 
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AMSND - Other fairies and Background People Costum

Other Faries 

  • aratudian 
  • contacts to ***** out or black out eyes - NON HUMAN
  • grey body paint - NON HUMAN
  • lycra shorts set (colours of the wood) no top (boys) - INFLUENCE OF NATURE 
  • lycra jumpsuits or leotards (colours of the wood) (girls) - INFLUENCE OF NATUR
  • dark eye makeup (colours of the wood) - INFLUENCE OF NATURE  ARTAUDIAN 
  • some with body paint scales some with feathers on costume - LINKS TO THEIR LEADER

Background People 

  • regular 21st century clothes - TIME PERIOD 
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AMSND - Bottom Costume

  • comical  
  • black harlem trousers - FREE CONFIDENT 
  • white, cotten, flowy mans shirt with an open chest - FREE CONFIDENT
  • black plymsoles - POORER COMMUNITY COMFY FOR ACTING
  • long hair in ponytail at the back - HIPPIE STYLE STEREOTYPICAL TO MODERN AUDIENCE 
  • needle cushion attached to trousers - HE IS A WEAVER

BLACK AND WHITE COLOURS - HE IS BLACK AND WHITE WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

LOOSE CLOTHLING - CAREFREE CHARACTER 

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AMSND - Mechanical's Costume

Flute -Handyman/Bellowsmender                                    Starvelling - Tailor

blue polo with company logo                                           white shirt 

denim blue jeans                                                           grey waistcoat

white trainers                                                                grey trousers

Snug - Caroenter/Joiner                                                patent black shoes 

white v neck                                                                 tape measure around neck 

checkered red and black cotton shirt over top

blue denim jeans 

Snout - Garageworker/Tinker 

dark blue overalls covered in grease

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AMSND - Peter Quince Costume

  • black demin shirt 
  • black denim jeans 
  • black desert boots but slightly scuffed - HE WANTS TO BE UPPERCLASS BUT ISN'T
  • thick black framed glasses

ALL BLACK IMPLIES HE IS A SERIOUS CHARACTER 

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AMSND - Hermia Challenges

  • upper class
  • in love with lysander 
  • distraught when he doesn'y love her 
  • showing comedy 
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AMSND - Helena Challenges

  • lower class to hermia 
  • self concious/feeling not good enough
  • comedy
  • jealousy of hermia
  • infatuation for demetrius 
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AMSND - Lysander Challenges

  • lower class
  • in love with H
  • anger towards D
  • obsession with Hl
  • comedy
  • being under a spell
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AMSND - Demetrius Challenges

  • being cruel to Hl
  • upper class
  • over self confident
  • anger towards L
  • unlikeable / likeable depending when 
  • being under a spell
  • infatuation towards Hl
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AMSND - Titania Challenges

  • being not human
  • being royalty 
  • love for indian boy
  • being under a spell/love for bottom
  • comedy
  • love and hate for oberon
  • jealousy of hippolyta
  • making her scary
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AMSND - Oberon Challenges

  • non human
  • royalty
  • jealous of Th
  • love and hate for T
  • master but caring relationship with p
  • making him scary
  • meanness / sternness 
  • stubbornness
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AMSND - Puck Challenges

  • non human
  • non gender specific 
  • cheekiness
  • care and respect for O
  • scary
  • childlike 
  • facination with loveers
  • magic 
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AMSND - Bottom Challenges

  • comedy / Berkoff
  • ego 
  • stupidity / being oblivious
  • over confidence
  • human with non human head
  • power relationship with PQ & M
  • underlying want for love and people liking him
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AMSND - Egeus, Theseus & Hippolyta Challenges

  • high class
  • power between E & T
  • sexual chemistry between T & H
  • subordination of H 
  • Supreme power of T 
  • anger / frustration of E
  • mirror T & H and O & T
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