5 Quick Questions with Jennifer Sarah Dean

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How did the Melbourne Shakespeare Company come about?

To be honest because I couldn’t believe there wasn’t already a Melbourne Shakespeare Company! We formed the company because we love Shakespeare and wanted to work with other like-minded people to create easily accessible, dynamic, engaging productions using Shakespeare’s inspirational texts.

What made you choose A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the company’s first show?

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the first play I studied at school so it has always had a place in my heart; it is the perfect combination of magic, comedy and romance. I have always wanted to direct the piece with a contemporary edge and when the opportunity to produce something at the Testing Grounds came up it seemed the perfect fit; this little pocket of greenery sandwiched between high rise buildings and busy roads!

What is your favourite moment in the show?

That is tough, there are so many great moments! I love the lovers big fight scene in Act 3 which in our interpretation is incredibly physical and high energy, and the mechanicals play at the end has me (and audience members) crying with laughter every time!

What inspired you to become a director in the first place?

I love the theatre and telling stories, being able to bring a text to life and share a story with people is an incredible privilege.

What has been a highlight in your time spent in theatre?

The highlight so far was getting to work at the Sydney Opera House last year, it is such an iconic space, and it was an honour to be part of a production there.

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