ED2021 Theatre Reviews

Through Bush, Through Briar (Achy Bits Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 17 August 2021

This earnest adaptation of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ gets points for trying something different, transplanting the action to a forest under threat by a ruthless developer. There’s an interesting use of space, filming in a forest, using trees as staging, but a lack of technical expertise reduces the effectiveness. There are issues, like inconsistent sound levels, sometimes muffled or with background noise impeding clarity. Some of the acting is a little ‘big’ for a recorded production, but this is easily forgivable, given the circumstances, and the company’s energetic, youthful performances are charming. The play within the play and Bottom’s overacting therein was the highlight… but then it always is, and most of the credit there has to go to Shakespeare. 

Fringe Player, on demand.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]