Door Ajar Theatre present Thisbe by Samantha Sutherland.

UK Tour February - March 2017

‘The course of true love never did run smooth’ – the daughter of Helena and Demetrius discovers there was never a truer word spoken in this actor-musician follow up to Shakespeare's popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

Fourteen years have passed since the fateful night Thisbe’s parents, Helena and Demetrius, were lost in the woods. The only thing they remember is waking up completely in love with one another. But as their love becomes obsession, where does this leave their neglected and confused daughter, Thisbe? 

Cue the prankster Puck and his fairy flunkeys who love nothing more than to meddle with the mortal world. With the promise of solving all of her problems, they lure Thisbe into the woods where it isn’t long before she finds herself embroiled in their roguery. 

Intoxicated with magic and adventure, has Thisbe gone too far this time? Can she stop her family falling apart? And does she even want to? 

Featuring integrated BSL and with an original score, this play is full of playful wit and boisterous theatricality.

Tour Dates

Tuesday 21 February: Theatre Royal Stratford East
Wednesday 22 February: Theatre Royal Stratford East
Thursday 23 February: Theatre Royal Stratford East
Friday 24 February: Theatre Royal Stratford East
Saturday 25 February: Theatre Royal Stratford East
Thursday 2 March: Cast, Doncaster
Friday 3 March: Bremhill Village Hall
Saturday 4 March: Brinkworth Village Hall
Thursday 9 March: Norden Farm, Maidenhead
Friday 10 March: Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Tuesday 14 March: Burnley Youth Theatre
Friday 17 March: Great Bedwyn St. Mary’s Church
Saturday 18 March: The Seashell Trust
Tuesday 21 March: York Theatre Royal
Wednesday 22 March: York Theatre Royal
Friday 24 March: Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth
Saturday 25 March:  Longbridge Deverill Village Hall

Creative Team

Writer Samantha Sutherland
Director Roberta Zuric
Musical Director David Hewson
Designer Helen Coyston
Lighting Designer William Ingham
Stage Manager Harrison Brodie
Producer Euan Borland


Thisbe Rosalind Burt
Demetrius/Lysias David Osmond
Helena/Tryphena Anne-Marie Piazza
Hermia/Aequitas/Hesper Samantha Sutherland
Lysander/Puck/Koros Joey Hickman
Mnémé Jennifer Lisky


Photo credit Alex Brenner.


Theatre Weekly

Live Theatre UK

"Thisbe is a deliciously juicy performance, delivered in a
multi-layered way using live instrumentation, voice, chant, BSL interpretation and chorus that pulls out the modernity of Shakespeare’s comedy into a fully accessible show."

Disability Arts Online

"A sparky and intelligent take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the from of a topical and thoughtful sequel"
Susan Elkin

 Winner of the Festival Spirit Award VAULT Festival 2016.

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