See the Bard go burlesque!

misummer night dream
misummer night dream

WITH the very successful Bard in the Botanics celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Herald has teamed up with the organisers to offer one lucky reader the chance to see Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream - but with a burlesque twist.

Little did two Shakespeare devotees - directors Scott Palmer and Gordon Barr know in 2001 when they embarked on a bold project – to stage an outdoor festival in the glorious setting of Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens - that 10 years on and despite the vagaries of the Glasgow weather and virtually no public funding, the Bard in the Botanics Festival would become one of the city’s most popular summer events and Scotland’s only dedicated Shakespeare festival.

Over the years the event has built up a core company of respected actors who have performed the popular classics alongside some of the less frequently staged works, bringing together characters from a number of the plays.

For the 10th anniversary season Gordon will open this year’s offering with a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the play that topped a poll of productions people most wanted to see performed in the 2011 programme.

This new production, which will be staged under canvas, has seen Barr delve into the world of 1920s burlesque.

Members of the Bard in the Botanics core company appearing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream include Beth Marshall, who takes on the dual role of Titania and Hippolyta, John P Arnold as Oberon and Thesuse, Stephen Clyde as Bottom, Nicole Cooper as Helena and Tom Duncan as Lysander. Live musicians and a full chorus from RSAMD will join the professional company to form the largest and most ambitious production ever staged at Bard in the Botanics.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to see one of the performances of the show which runs from June 24 till July 9 at 7.45 pm - no performances on Sundays or Mondays - answer the following question and send completed entries to Bard in the Botanics Competition, Milngavie and Bearsden Herald, 27 Stewart Street, Milngavie, G62 6BW, to arrive no later than 5pm on Tuesday June 21.

Name one of the two founding members of Bard in the Botanics?