Dreaming of midsummer at St Pat’s

IN COSTUME: St Patrick's College students, from left, Jacob Nolan, Miguel Marbella, Bayley Cocking, Daunté Osman, Ned Fay and Harvey Woodburn rehearse A Midsummer Night's Dream. Picture: Kate Healy

IN COSTUME: St Patrick's College students, from left, Jacob Nolan, Miguel Marbella, Bayley Cocking, Daunté Osman, Ned Fay and Harvey Woodburn rehearse A Midsummer Night's Dream. Picture: Kate Healy

If you look carefully around the gardens of St Patrick’s College later this week, you might spot a Puck, or a Titania or even an Oberon.

Students from years seven to 10 are performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream around the school grounds and, for the first time, with an all boy cast.

Junior school drama teacher Marian Haddrick said the adapted version would run for about 80 minutes, with a cast of 20.

“These beautiful gardens lend themselves to such a production,” Ms Haddrick said.

She said the play’s slapstick comedy appealed to the male cast, who had also enjoyed the freedom of the female roles.

“It’s really physical and that brings about part of the comedy.”

The play will be performed on Thursday and Friday at 7.30pm, with tickets available from trybooking via the school website.

Ms Haddrick also said the audience should bring fold-out seats, blankets and even a picnic.

“We want to make it a real outdoor event.”