Shakespeare to be performed in Sunderland park

Jim Barton and Liam Angus rehearsing A Midsummer Night's Dream in Barnes Park.
Jim Barton and Liam Angus rehearsing A Midsummer Night's Dream in Barnes Park.
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SHAKESPEARE’S words will echo through the streets of Sunderland for three nights only.

One of The Bard’s most famous works will be performed in Barnes Park from Friday, August 31.

Theatre Space North East is presenting an outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

It will be the first production by the company which aims to bring plays to buildings and areas not usually thought of as theatre space.

The play is a community project with both amateurs and professionals taking part and will be directed by friends Paul Dunn and Corinne Kilvington.

Corinne, 30, from Hendon, runs Shadow Theatre Arts and has set up Theatre Space to make theatre more accessible.

“I think there could be a lot of people who would like to watch theatre, but might be put off by certain things, like the terminology or the price of going to watch it,” she said.

Corinne and Paul met through performing at the Royalty Theatre and came up with the idea of Theatre Space.

“With this, you could be walking the dog and be able to slot into the audience. People can watch it in surroundings they are comfortable in,” said Corinne.

The pair then settled on a location and play to put on.

Corinne said: “We both hit on the idea of The Dream instantaneously.

“With all the fairy carvings and the totem pole in Barnes Park, Midsummer Night’s Dream seemed like the perfect choice.

“It’s a promenade performance, which means it moves around the park, with the audience following the action.

“It’s designed to show off the beauty of the park as much as anything else.”

Paul, 38, from Hastings Hill, is an actor at Beamish as well as being involved in Theatre Space.

He said: “I recently moved back to Sunderland after living in London and when I saw the regeneration of Barnes Park I loved it and wanted to do something here.

Paul added: “The great thing is, it really is a community event. We’re putting it on for free – although donations at the end will be welcome.”

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