Brook's A Midsummer Night's Dream 1970
translation into an ass was achieved simply through a pair of long
ears on an upturned cap, black button nose, and clogs (which the
fairies attached when holding him down). This helped the actor by
not having his facial expressions hid behind a mask. David Waller as
Bottom manipulated his face and body to further enhance his
transformation. Another endowment of the ass was added when one of
the fairies thrust his arm and clenched fist through Bottoms legs
as he was carried away to Titanias bower.
||Titania, Bottom, and fairies.
||Wide-angle view of stage as Bottom is carried off to Mendelssohns Wedding March. Note use of gallery above (actors scattering confetti, and use of ropes) Photographer: Joe Cocks
||(1977) Bottom sings to Titania. The contrast in size and movement between the mortal and the fairy were more marked than usual with this large genial and nervous Bottom and an elfin, otherworldly Titania.
||(1994) Bottom and Titania. Photographer: Malcolm Davies. The pink umbrella furnished Titania with her bower, wide enough to accommodate her new lover, whose crash helmet had sprouted asss ears under Pucks magic. The influence of Brooks production can be seen in the bower and Bottoms transformation.
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