Is this a dream?: Bishop’s University Drama Department presents August Strindberg’s A Dream Play By Jessica Buxar and Rebecca Harries
One down, one to go! If you’ve missed Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will, fear not, Bishop’s University Drama Department (BUDD) has one more play for you! The Acting IV class, directed by Rebecca Harries, will be bringing August Strindberg's A Dream Play to the Turner Studio Theatre in precisely two weeks. In the mind of the dreamer, are all things true or none? The playwright shows us the journey of god Indra’s daughter, Agnes, discovering human life and what better way to do so than by entering a dream, where memories, fears and wishes come together and break apart. Surreal, absurd and at times cruel, the play unfolds in strange sounds and images. Memorably embodied by the talented class of second-year students of the BU Drama program, the director is pleased with the progress done so far. “The students are doing spectacularly well considering the challenging, yet fascinating plot Strindberg created”, says Harries, as her cast and crew gather to begin rehearsal.
Chris Rae plays the Officer, one of three dreamers in this production. “The character represents the youthful version of Strindberg, yearning for love”, says Rae. With each dream-like transition, another version of Strindberg comes to light. Eddie Huband and Charlotte Vermue-Peters embody the Lawyer and the Poet, respectively, each representing a different time in the playwright’s life. And alongside each one of these representations, a different Agnes witnesses the tortured lives of humanity, exclaiming: “Alas for mankind” when things seem bleak. Zoé Von Tournemire, an exchange student from Paris, France, is really liking the experience and her role, the Quarantine Master. “Here, it is different because you get to build an entire show with only your fellow students”, says Von Tournemire.
If you’re still confused as to what the play is like or about, think of it as a kind of “Alice in Wonderland-esque” imagined world. I’ll leave it at that! A Dream Play runs from Wednesday March 30th to Sunday April 3rd, at 8:00pm, at the Turner Studio Theatre. Tickets are 12$ for adults, 10$ for students and can be purchased at the Centennial Theatre Box office, or on show nights. This is a performance you do not want to miss out on!