This was our second play-in-a-week project and included a strong cast of exciting characters, a complex storyline, a great set and fantastic singing!
"You're almost as ignorant as that William Shakespeare! He came in here with his little notepad and feathery quill, recording all our comings and and doings - getting all his facts wrong! As if I'd ever fall for a fool like Bottom... he was such an ass!"
(For the full story - scroll to the bottom...)
Luna, Helena and Hermia are part of a protest against Tescos, who plan to bulldoze an ancient forest to build a new store. Luna, who is obsessed with fairies, leaves her friends to join the night-time protest in the forest. Her two friends Helena and Hermia follow her there.
There is unrest in the forest. Puck, who hates all humans, and his two helpers, Bill and Ben, are clearing up the mess left from the protests. Oberon, assisted by his PA, Danny Cole (who is obsessed with Susan Boyle), is planning a fundraising party to raise money for their protests.
Once Hermia and Helena have found Luna, Puck puts them under a sleeping enchantment and leaves them in a clearing. They are found by Miss Blossom, PA to Titania, who takes them to see her boss.
On examining Luna closely, Titania concludes that Luna is a changeling, and although she has grown up in the human world, is in fact of fairy descent. As they begin to make plans for Luna's initiation, Hermia, who refuses to believe that any of the fairies are real says this to Helena, and accidentally kills two fairies. Titania is furious and puts an enchantment on Hermia to make her fall in love with the next fairy she sees.
Unhappy with his position as sidekick, Puck challenges Oberon to a duel. Oberon exerts his magical strength by putting an enchantment on Puck so that the next human he sees, he will fall in love with. Puck stumbles off through the forest and happens upon the sleeping Hermia, wakes her up and the two of them instantly fall in love. They are just about to kiss when Bill and Ben come racing through the forest yelling 'Timber!' Tescos are cutting down the first trees!
Everyone joins together to perform 'The Doomsday Ritual' which defeats Tescos. While everyone else is celebrating, Hermia tells Helena quietly that she still doesn't believe in fairies. Behind them, Luna collapses to the ground. Helena and Hermia are devastated, until Titania reassures them that this is simply Luna's initiation, blows a spell over Luna who instantly revives.
Most people leave to enjoy Oberon's party, except Danny Cole, who is depressed because no-one appreciates his singing talents. Oberon instructs Puck to cheer him up, which he does by putting on a Susan Boyle mask and surprising Danny. Danny is so overcome, he faints. When he comes round, everyone has gone to the party. He takes the opportunity to sing one final solo to the audience but is cut off in his prime with a BLACKOUT.
"Have you ever seen a human..? They're hideous! Lifeless beady eyes... long grotesque arms... wicked fangs!"
"Or... we could just kiss right now..?"
"What's Swine Flu?"
"Right! Paaaaarty time! Would you like to come?"
"Why do you always have to be so horrible?! This is all your fault!"
"Puck! I need to tell you something... Abraham Lincoln died 250 years ago...."
"Hmmm... you'd better come and see the Queen."
"I hate you!"