This is a style of rhyme that enables the lines to be linked. The rhyme is not a perfect rhyme, but the words do sound alike. Bottom is told by Titania that “Thou art wise as thou art beautiful” (Act 3 Scene 1 line 144) which has a double meaning. It can mean in Titanias eyes that he is clever because of his beauty, but as the audience and Shakespeare know that Bottom’s head is an asses, then theoretically he was as clever as an ass. So Shakespeare is saying to the audience that the characters are “not as wise as thou art beautiful”. Which brings me to Act 3 Scene 1.
This scene is one that I shall be directing and staging. I shall start with the costumes, which I think will be lavish and wild. The costume of Titania will be very daunting to the characters of Puck and other minor fairies. Titania and her minor fairies will have frizzy hair that spans a metre in diameter and is glinting with glitter. Bottom shall be in a shirt, waistcoat, and jacket but no tie. The jacket will be tweed and brown trousers. This will be common dress for all the mechanicals to state that no one of them is any better than the rest.
The costumes are designed to look silly and will show the humour of Shakespeare in a childish format. The characters wont realise this, as they think that the dress they are wearing is modern and fashionable for that period and style. But hopefully the audience will notice this and enjoy the witty act. I shall use the lighting in this scene from the ground, glaring up into the canopy of the forest. This can show night-time. The scenery: Trees will be made by draping brown cloth from the ceilings and leaves just scattered around the edge of the stage, so they can be brushed away when not needed.
Actors and actresses will enter via the wings from a highrised platform, to indicate that they; are entering a small dwelling in the forest. Fig 4. The movement of the fairies in this scene will be controlled ie. running around in small corners while the main characters, battle it out centre stage to explain the story. To show movement through the forest between Titania and Bottom to Titania’s dwelling I will have a tree in the middle, so that they can walk around it. Repeating the circuit again and again so to pass time and to set the scene.
Ideally, someone would play Bottom, like Danny Devito, and Titania by an obscure looking actress like Julia Roberts. So Titania would preferably be taller than Bottom. The minors shall speak in quiet quick whispers, while the main characters slow and loud. Silence will show pause and music will show emotion. Because this play is set at night I shall have mirrors up above, so the light can be reflected down again to imitate stars. Oberon and his fairies will have uncut freeflowing hair with lights on the end to show other fairies.
To show more fairies in the background, I will have lots of small lights being projected onto a black cloth at the back of the stage. When Titania finally comes around from this mind trick, she will be horrified and will have to be carried off the stage by her attendants and Puck. Bottom will then be thrown out of the dwelling and will wake up in the morning at the side of the forest, thinking it was a dream These scenes are relevant to the rest of the play. Basically this all happens when the four Athenians begin their night.
Bottom comes into the forest and Oberon casts a spell over Titania. Shakespeare couldn’t have written A Midsummer’s Nights Dream without intending to combine factors from each theme incorporating these different factors into his work to produce an almighty theme. Which is all set in a night! “A Midsummer Nights’ Dream” Midsummer refers to the longest day of the year which is the 24th June. ‘Dream’ suggests that the fairies live in a dream like world due to the Mortals entering the fairies environment, and realising difference between the Mortal and Immortal worlds.
A Midsummer Nights’ Dream is a play in which the two worlds live together but only the immortal world know that the mortals exist, but the mortals do not know that the immortals exist This is like the new story “Harry Potter” in which J K Rowling could have taken the idea of separate worlds. The message that I want to give to the audience is that the play, or from Act 3 through to Act 4 is set all in one night; and all that has happened is a dreamy, unrealistic account of a weaver that was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
My staging of the play will be interesting, visually and linguistically. With the scenery as I placed, and the props as I have mentioned, will make it easier to perform and understand the play from the viewpoint of the audience. The bright lights may effect people medically, but they will add atmosphere to the slow moving scenes in the fairies environment. The music in the fairies environment will be fast but quiet due to the speaking of important actors and actresses. The language I hope will be fluent and will add character to the play along with the casting and lighting.
The music will be mainly classical, with an orchestra, so that the characters actions can be magnified with extra depth. The male characters in the play can have a deeper pitched instrument. Then female characters can have higher pitched instruments. Running and partying can be expressed with quick jerky sounds. The scenes of love between Titania and Bottom can be played by a gentle stringed instrument ie. The Harp. Overall, I hope that the play will be enjoyed by both younger and older members of the public, and can confidently demonstrate my version of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.