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24 January, 2020

A sword-swallowing, stomach-churning, and gag-inducing modern retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Roll up, roll up, join in the fun of a midsummer carnival at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Enjoy the delights of the sideshow alley, become beguiled by the fairies and tremble in fear at the knife-thrower’s skills.

Shakespeare isn’t in Stratford-Upon-Avon anymore.

His story of love, drama and mischief has been transported to a hot, sweaty and humid Brisbane.

The carnival drips with sweat, love and farce and is fused with gypsy jazz music, burlesque performers and hypnotism.

It’s an homage to Shakespeare, but it’s not a Comedy of Errors nor Much Ado about Nothing, it’s a re-imagined A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.

The fun of the immersive experience kicks off outside in the courtyard of the Powerhouse historical stores building with a proposal of marriage by a deliriously happy young man to the love of his life.

The story moves inside to a magical circle of fairies, then like a kaleidoscope it transforms into a sideshow alley where the “mechanicals” squabble and jostle.

Throughout the evening the action and drama shifts from the hapless “mechanicals” who prepare a play to perform for the wedding to the interfering fairies who create havoc with the two pairs of young lovers leading to a blindfolded duel.

A Midsummer Carnival is presented by Brisbane Immersive Ensemble, creators of Cluedo: The Interactive Game in partnership with the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Don’t miss out! Buy your tickets now.

The season runs from 24 January to 8 February 2020.