Welcome to the Woods
If you go down to the woods today…
We can’t promise teddy bears, but there may be a picnic.
Plus three weddings and no funeral.
There’s magic in the air:
The magical feeling of being outside, in the woods.
The magic of a brilliant comedy about love.
The magic potion that a mischievous Puck uses on the lost and amorous lovers: “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
And that’s before he turns one of the actors into an “ass”.
Music, mayhem and more magic. PSF is back, and the cast are ready to hit the woods.
We can’t wait…
Theseus, Duke of Athens, has won Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, in battle. He intends to marry her, but his celebrations are interrupted: Egeus wants his rebellious daughter Hermia to marry Demetrius but Hermia refuses, because she’s in love with Lysander. The Duke orders Hermia to obey her father or, according to Athenian law, she must either face the death penalty or become a nun.
Hermia and Lysander decide to elope that night. They confide in their friend Helena. However, she’s secretly in love with Demetrius so, hoping to win his affection, she tells him of Hermia’s plan. That night, all four lovers set out into the woods.
Meanwhile, a group of Athenians (known as “the Mechanicals”, because of their manual jobs), are planning to perform a play in celebration of the Duke’s wedding. Led by Peter Quince, they plan to rehearse The Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe, secretly, in the same wood.
Elsewhere, the fairy king and queen, Oberon and Titania, argue over Titania’s refusal to give up her page-boy to Oberon. He sends his servant Puck to find a magic plant to cast a spell on Titania in revenge. The juice of the plant, when squeezed onto the eyes of someone asleep, causes them to fall in love with the first creature they see when they wake up. Oberon uses the juice on Titania as she sleeps in her bower.
Puck finds the Mechanicals rehearsing. He magically transforms Bottom’s head into that of an ass. The others are terrified and flee the forest. When Titania wakes, the first creature she sees is Bottom and she falls rapturously in love with him.
Helena chases Demetrius through the forest and their fighting disturbs Oberon. He tells Puck to use part of the magic plant on Demetrius, so that he will fall in love with Helena. However, Puck mixes up the two Athenian men and uses it on Lysander instead, who promptly falls in love with Helena. Now, with both men chasing a confused Helena, chaos reigns. Hermia furiously attacks her friend Helena for disloyalty and turning everyone against her.
Before the men can come to blows, Puck lulls the exhausted lovers to sleep, and Oberon lifts all the enchantments to restore order. Upon waking, Titania is horrified that she’s been “enamoured of an ass” and is reconciled with Oberon.
On the morning of their wedding, Theseus and Hippolyta come across the sleeping lovers, who decide the night’s events must have all been a dream. Lysander and Hermia are back to normal, and Demetrius admits he does love Helena after all. So the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta becomes a triple celebration, as the other couples marry too. The Mechanicals’ play is chosen as royal entertainment and a fairly amateur version of Pyramus and Thisbe amuses the royal couple.
As all the newly-weds retire to bed, Oberon gathers with the fairies to bless the palace, the couples and their future children.
Albert de Jongh
Deputy Stage Manager
Schools’ Workshop Leader
Amy is an award-winning actor, comedy writer and OFFIE-nominated director.
Theatre includes: Hamlet (PSF, Brighton Open Air Theatre), West End Girls (Live Theatre), Caliph (Vaults),
Henry V (PSF), Confessional, The Builders (Theatre503), A Tune of Two Muses (Arcola Theatre), Scrooge You! (Arts Theatre-West End).
Film and TV includes: Byker Grove, Happy Toys, Diagnosis (BBC), Joannie (Pulse Films), Grimsby Girl (ASC, Hidden Door), Pinky (ESA Films), Life Support (Spoon Jar Films), Fight (Signature Pictures) and numerous commercials across TV, cinema and online.
Amy also works extensively in Voice Over & Radio Drama in the UK and internationally.
Twyla’s theatre experience includes extensive work with the award
winning Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, in which she has
performed lead roles in both the Festival and Minerva Theatre. She
has trained under both LAMDA and TRINITY exam boards and has a
background in classical and contemporary dance. She has worked in the West End as both an Assistant Producer and Director. Under the direction of Jake Smith she played Rosalind
for Petersfield Shakespeare Festival’s production of As You Like It in
July 2017 and Princess Katherine in Henry V in 2018. In 2020 she played the scorned Rosaline as part of PSF online – she is delighted to be back this year and in person!
Crispin completed the Foundation Course in Acting at RADA in 2020.
Film credits include: Please Care (Slick Films), Sex Ed (Stan & Lola) and Post Mortem (PSF2020/Good Dog Productions)
Theatre includes:F Off (National Youth Theatre), Forty Years On (Chichester Festival Theatre), Brass (NYMT: Hackney Empire), Beauty and the Beast (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre)
For PSF Crispin has played Young MacDuff (Macbeth 2014), Juno (The Tempest 2016), Silvius (As You Like It 2017), Herald (Henry V 2018) and Hortensio (The Taming of the Shrew 2018).
Crispin has been an active member of Petersfield Youth Theatre, playing many roles including Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Fagin in Oliver!
Sam is in his final year at ArtsEd on the BA Acting course. He has performed with PSF since 2014 including roles as Orlando (As You Like It), Montjoy/Bourbon/ Thomas Grey (Henry V) and Dromio (The Comedy of Errors). Credits whilst training include: White Lies, Love and Information, The Colour of Justice, Romeo and Juliet, Picnic, Uncle Vanya, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail. Film credits include: Kemi directed by Jack Ryder and Skin for Channel 4 Random Acts. Other credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Guys and Dolls, Chatroom, Blue Remembered Hill sand Woyzeck. He is a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, as well as Petersfield Youth Theatre.
Albert de Jongh
Albert is ‘full of joy and mirth’ to be returning to PSF after last appearing as Jaques in As You Like It. His other theatre credits include Aramis in The Three Musketeers (Iris Theatre), Florizel in The Winters Tale (The Pleasance Theatre), Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Linbury Studio) and Prince Arthur in King John (Union Theatre). His television credits include The White Princess (Starz) and The Alienist (Paramount Television). He has also worked with the likes of Frantic Assembly on Ignition and the National Youth Theatre.
Sorcha is recent graduate from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she was awarded The Citizen’s Theatre Society Award for her final performance in training and represented RCS at the Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe. Credits include: The Comedy of Errors (PSF) San Diego, The Breathing House, Julius Caesar, Hot L Baltimore, Vassa (RCS) Humbug (Tramway/Citizen’s Theatre) Radio: Whenever I get Blown Up I Think of You (BBC Radio Scotland/RCS). She was part of the Traverse Theatre Young Writers 2019 & wrote and directed The Pleasure Principle for ‘On the Verge Festival’ 2018 at The Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow, co-created Debris, selected for the ‘McLellan Arts Festival’ 2018 and for ‘Spoleto Festival – Dei 2 Mondi’ 2019.
David McCarthy is excited to be returning to PSF after first starring in Henry V playing Pistol in 2018, and taking the roles of Balthazar and Pinch in the PSF2019 production of The Comedy of Errors. It’s been a strange year for us all and he is looking forward to getting back to the stage and putting on a great show for you all in A Midsummers Night’s Dream.
Jon-Paul is thrilled to be returning to Petersfield for their 2021 season! Theatre Credits include: Peter Pan (UK Theatre Tour), Andy Capp the Musical (The Finborough), Don’t Walk About With Nothing On (Bridewell Theatre), The Government Inspector (Arc Theatre/Newcastle Theatre Royal), Twelfth Night (UK tour with The Lord Chamberlain’s Men & world tour with TNT Theatre), Henry V & Taming of the Shrew (Petersfield Shakespeare Festival). Film work includes: The Boy Who Saw Red, Psyche. He has also appeared in numerous adverts ranging from BBC iPlayer to Kit Kat Chunky and appeared as John Reid in Channel 5’s docu-drama The 10 Days That Rocked Elton John.
Twitter handle – @JpRowden
Will qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1979 and immediately formed a rock band. Two Two released three singles and an album, Bikini Atoll, with Chiswick Records. In 1985, Will was building his recording studio and working at Chichester Festival Theatre designing sound for shows including Jane Eyre, Born Again, The Wizard of Oz, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Silver King, My Mother Said and the Royal Baccarat Scandal. West End credits include 70 Girls 70 and A Man for All Seasons with Charlton Heston. Touring credits include The Sound of Music and the English Shakespeare Company. Will has also toured the world as a sound designer for comapanies such as Shell, Nissan and Vodaphone.
Chris is an actor, writer, trainer and director who studied at Webber Douglas after reading English at St. Andrews. Theatre: MAMMA MIA!, RSC: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Twelfth Night. What the Butler Saw, Ivanov, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Murder in the Cathedral, The Nightingales, My Cousin Rachel. Chichester Festival Theatre: Translations, The Tempest, The Relapse, The Royal Baccarat Scandal. PSF: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew. Directing: West Side Story, Oh What a Lovely War!, Grease, Honk, Just So, Guys & Dolls. TV: Das Boot (Series 2), A Touch of Frost, EastEnders, The Bill, Life Begins, Brookside, A Serpent in Eden, Take A Girl Like You.
Nicole trained in Period Costume Making and Design in Liverpool. She is a costume cutter/maker,
supervisor and designer for film, theatre, opera and ballet both here and in the USA. Work includes principal costumes for all five Pirates of the Caribbean films, most of Tim Burton’s films including Dumbo, the Red and White Queens in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Johnny Depp’s costumes in Dark Shadows, Men in Black:International and a the Netflix period drama Bridgerton. Theatre work includes Twelfth Night at the Royal National Theatre, Romeo & Juliet at The Globe. Earlier this year she worked on costumes for the Disney film The Little Mermaid and is currently
cutting costumes for one of the lead characters in the upcoming London stage musical of Frozen.
Katie trained at Guildford School of Acting after gaining a degree in French & Drama from Queen Mary and Westfield College, London University. She went on to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Festival, Canterbury Festival amongst others and various short films before taking a break to have her family. She moved into youth theatre, working with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre touring schools before opening her own theatre group, ACTion Drama which ran for 15 years. She also runs Schools’ Shakespeare workshops for PSF. She teaches LAMDA speech and drama and RADA Shakespeare awards at St Catherine’s, Bramley. Katie first joined Petersfield Shakespeare Festival in 2014 and has played Mistress Quickly, Lady MacDuff, Gonzala, Audrey, Alice and Solinus in last year’s production of The Comedy of Errors.