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Life is a Dream

Presented by Silo Theatre
Auckland, New Zealand, 14 March-11 April 2009 at the Herald Theatre
written by Pedto Calderon de la Barca; directed by Michael Hurst


Life is a Dream was the "Excavated Classic" half of The Ensemble Project,
presented in repertory with Back Story (directed by Oliver Driver),
the "Hand Made" half. The same eight young actors featured in the two plays.




 







Rosaura   Rachel Forman
Clarion
  Renee Lyons
Segismundo
  Sam Snedden
Clotaldo
  Johnny Bright
Guards
  Dan Musgrove
  Bree Peters
Astolfo
  Dan Musgrove
Estrella
  Natalie Medlock
Basilia
  Fern Sutherland
Courtier
  Bree Peters
Revolutionary
  Bree Peters
 
Direction   Michael Hurst
Set Design
  John Verryt
Costume Design
  Victoria Ingram
Lighting Design
  Jeremy Fern
Sound Design & Composition
  Jason Smith
   
   
   
   

Photos, below, © Andrew Malmo, Strata Creative
 




Rachel Forman as Rosaura, Renee Lyons as Clarion


Sam Snedden as Segismundo



Johnny Bright as Clotaldo



Natalie Medlock as Estrella, Dan Musgrove as Astolfo

Natalie Medlock as Estrella

Fern Sutherland as Basilia


Fern Sutherland as Basilia

 


Bree Peters, Fern Sutherland as Basilia

Johnny Bright as Clotaldo, Fern Sutherland as Basilia
 

Rachel Forman
as Rosaura

Fern Sutherland as Basilia, Sam Sneed as Segismundo
 


Fern Sutherland as Basilia, Sam Sneed as Segismundo

Sam Sneed as Segismundo
 

Sam Sneed as Segismundo, Rachel Forman as Rosaura


Rachel Forman as Rosaura
 

Rachel Forman as Rosaura


Dan Musgrove as Astolfo, Natalie Medlock as Estrella
 

Natalie Medlock as Estrella

 

 

 
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Reviews of Life is a Dream

New Zealand Herald:  "Vigorous and intense, Life's a Dream, written by Spaniard Pedro Calderon de la Barca in 1636 and set in Poland, is an exhilarating tragi-comic ride offering both brutality and humour, and this Silo Theatre production sets the right tone for both."

Theatreview:  " . . . richly humorous and poetic, a good starting point for director Michael Hurst and his well-appointed cast.  . . . Life is a Dream addresses [the theme] with skilfully crafted dramatic power. . . . all the performances are solid.   . . . the distinct neo-classical, technological production values pack a solid Hurstian punch".

Metro: " . . . eight young actors under the direction of Michael Hurst throw themselves into this 17th-century Spanish play with such energy, you'd swear they believe their lives depend on it.  . . . This is a production for actors to strut their physical stuff".