'Demon Headmaster'  star in a Midsummer Night's Dream

'Demon Headmaster' star in a Midsummer Night's Dream

Published Thu 13th March, 2014 by Loughborough Town Hall

A Midsummer Night's Dream promises to be loads of fun and a very accessible production. The play stars Kirsty Bruce as Hermia. Kirsty has performed with the cream of British acting talent on shows like The Demon Headmaster and The Detectives and speaks very fondly of her co-stars. “Demon was one of the best experiences of my life”.

Kirsty went on to another successful TV series Mutual Friends starring Marc Warren. Since then she has consolidated her adult casting and played varied roles for the screen and in the theatre including one of her most challenging and rewarding roles – playing a drug addict on The Bill. She was so popular with The Bill casting directors that she has played 3 separate roles in the series during her career.

Her enthusiasm for acting is never more apparent than when talking about playing heroine Hermia. This is near-perfect casting for the bright and feisty performer, and she is relishing working with the highly regarded production company, Immersion Theatre. “It’s phenomenal what has come out of the rehearsal process”, Kristy reports. Midsummer Night’s Dream, is told with real energy and comic passion. “To be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to flow so easily, but once we got the set and costumes, I admit that it has never felt so simple to get immersed in the character.”

The production sees Shakespeare’s iconic characters transported to a time of unparalleled peace and prosperity – Great Britain just before the start of the Great War. Four young lovers, a band of hapless actors and a magical realm populated by enchanting spirits set on causing mischief and mayhem at every turn, culminate in an evening of beauty and hilarity.

Kristy’s family and friends saw the play in its preview week. “They said it was astounding,” she reports, referring to their response, “falling out of their seats with laughter. My dad would be the first one to tell you that he’s not the greatest Shakespeare fan, but he said he was drawn into the story and understood everything because of the high standard of acting.” The London press was full of praise for the show, and with three four star reviews under their belt, the tour is headed for more success.

“I have learnt so much from playing Hermia” Kristy says. Whatever she aims to achieve in her future, it is clear that here is an actress very happy with her lot in life and with every chance of adding to all those years of success already under her belt.

The performance at Loughborough Town Hall on 17 March begins at 7.30pm and tickets are £13 and £10 concession. There is an additional performance at 10.30am on Tuesday 18 March and school and student group bookings are just £7 per ticket. For more details and booking visit the show page.

William Shakespeare's classic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is on stage at the Town Hall on 17-18 March, takes place during Shakespeare Week an exciting new initiative aimed at bring the bard's work vibrantly to life for young people. For more information on Shakespeare Week visit their website here.

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