Friday, 22 July 2016

We worked with Belper North Mill and the Friends of the River Gardens on a sunny new participatory project earlier this week.

Our participation coordinator Shane Lynch joined up with the mill's craft officer Heidi Luker for two days to run workshops on Pyramus and Thisbe, the play-within-in-the-play of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Participants on both days included people from Belper and the surrounding areas, as well as Theatre Arts students from the University of Derby.

After the workshops, which involved acting and making costumes, some of the participants performed the play on promenade through the sunny River Gardens.

Shane said: "It was lovely to see members of the local community working alongside the students, who are studying Theatre Arts. Everyone had a lot of fun rehearsing the play and making the costumes in just two hours, before the show played out in the afternoon sun as people stopped by to watch."

Adrianna, one of the participants, said: "We had such a great time while working on the script to make sense of it. Shane was amazing at helping us to bring it all to life and proved that the only way to enjoy Shakespeare is to do it."

To find out more about our public participation programme of fun activities inspired by Shakespeare, check out our participation pages by clicking here.

Belper residents and University of Derby students perform Pyramus and Thisbe on promenade through Belper River Gardens on the hottest days of the year. Photos © Adrian Farmer


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