Brook's A Midsummer Night's Dream 1970
their play at court the mechanicals were dressed in their Sunday
best. Brook insisted that the remarks by the court are not
primarily for the purpose of sending up the actors, but to display
their life at court as free and open. Nevertheless, their quips
do rip apart the mechanicals earnest efforts. Brook said
suddenly, a real miracle comes into the scene. Pyramus has the
opportunity to make something authentic of their drama, and bring
the court to silence. The theme of love expanded into new
dimensions: love of theatre, and the love of play.
craftsmen make efforts which are grotesque in one sense because they
push awkwardness to its limit, but at another level they set
themselves to their task with such love that the meaning of their
clumsy efforts changes before our eyes. (Shifting Point).
||The mechanicals perform their play to the court.
||Lion and moonshine.
||(1977) Pyramus listens for Thisbe through the wall separating them. The comedy of this scene arose from the intesity of the players, their determination to get things right and to act with integrity.
|| (1977) The play scene. The courtiers watch Thisbe mourn over the body of Pyramus. Barton borrowed from Chekhov for Pyramus's death scene, Michael Billington reported for the Guardian, 'a thin, silvery woodland chord sounded in sympathetic magic', which defined the play's import - 'the interpenetration of the mortal and immortal world and the discovery of universal concord.'
||(1994) Flute whispers to Pyramus through the wall. Photographer: Malcolm Davies. Despite the manifest absurdity of their attempt at serious theatre, Flute and Bottom endowed the suicidal lovers with pathos and dignity in their deaths.
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