A Midsummer Night’s
Year 6’s class Assembly.
By William Shakespeare with some help from me.
Peter Quince Nick Bottom Francis Flute Snug
Philostrate Changling boy Theseus
Narrators 1, 2 & 3
Class seated in semicircle Theseus and Hyppolyta in centre.
Narrator 1: Welcome to Theseus’ great palace where he is getting ready
to marry Hyppolyta (Theseus and Hyppolyta wave, others talk in conversation).
Up stands Egues, Demetrius, Lysander and Hermia.
Philostrate: Order, order! (crowd stops talking and pays attention). Egeus: My Lord my daughter here wants to marry Lysander but I want her to marry this fine man Demetrious.
Theseus: Then as you are you wish Demetrious it must be.
Egeus: Thank you lord. (exit Demetrious and Egeus).
Hermia: How can I marry Demetrious when it is you who I love.
Lysander: We will run away tonight, through the forest to my aunt’s to get married.
Hermia: Yes I’ll meet you tonight at the city gate.
Lysander: Until then goodbye sweet love.( Exit Lysander. Enter
Helena: Why so happy Hermia.
Hermia: I am to run away tonight to marry my love Lysander.
Helena: Lucky you! (aside) I shall tell Demetrious and make him jealous.
Perhaps that way I’ll win his heart.
Exit all. Enter the Mechanicals.
Narrator 2: Now we go to the market where a busy scene greets us.
Mechanicals mime working in their shops.
Snug: Closing time! (everyone stops and gathers together)
Quince: I’m Peter Quince a carpenter and play write. Is everyone here?
Bottom: Nick Bottom the weaver here!
Robin: Robin Starveling the tailor here!
Snug: Snug the joiner here!
Franics: Francis Flute the bellows mender here!
Snout: Snout the tinker here!
Quince: Good the play I’ve written for the Dukes wedding is the sad tale of Pyramus and Thisbe. You Bottom will be the star our leading man Pyramus and Francis our heroine Thisbe. We will meet tonight to rehearse in secret deep in the woods.
Narrator 3: So Hermia and Lysander followed by Demetrious who in turn is followed by Helena are all going into the forest. At the same time the players also set off.
Bang a tambourine! Children freeze in freeze frame positions. Others make sounds of the wood.
Bang a second time all sit down.
Narrator 1: Now we must move deep into the enchanted forest and meet their Lord’s the fairy King and Queen, Oberon and Titania who it seems
are quarrelling over the possession of an orphaned boy.
Enter Oberon, Titania, Puck Peasblossom, Mustard, Cobweb and Moth.
Oberon: I’ll met by moonlight proud Titania
Titania: What Jealous Oberon.
Oberon: Tarry, rash wanton; am I not thy Lord?
Titania: Then I must be thy Lady.
Oberon: I do but beg the little orphaned boy to be my henchmen.
Titania: I will not part with him.
Oberon: Give me that boy!
Titania: Not for thy fairy kingdom. (Turns her back on him).
Oberon: Come here Puck I’ve got a job for you. Go to the ends of the Earth and bring back the magic flower which makes people fall in love. Aside I’ll get my own back on you proud Titania.
Puck runs around the circle (giggles and bells ringing) then plucks the magic flower. Meanwhile everybody sits while Oberon freezes by the edge of the circle. Enter Demetrious followed by Helena.
Helena: Stop Demetrious I love you!
Demetrious: Go away. I love you not!
Oberon: Aside I could use Puck’s potion on you as well as Titania and
kill two bird’s with one stone.
Exit all. Enter Titania and fairies.
Narrator 2: Meanwhile in Titania’s nest her fairies sing her to sleep.
Peasblossom, Cobweb, Mustard and Moth sing:
You spotted snakes with double tongue, Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blindworms, do no wrong, Come not near our fairy Queen.
Titania and fairies all fall to sleep.
Enter Oberon with potion in hand. Squeezes onto Titania’s eyes. All exit.
Enter Lysander and Hermia.
Hermia: Are we lost?
Lysander: No just a bit misplaced.
Hermia: I’m tired let’s rest here till morning. (they both lie down).
Enter Puck. Search around circle then stop at Lysander’s feet.
Puck: This must be the man Oberon told me of. I will put the love potion in his eyes. (giggles and laughs then exits).
Enter Demetrious followed by Helena.
Helena: Sweet Demetrious?
Demetrious: Do not haunt me thus!
Helena: I’m lost! But wait who is this asleep. (she shakes him awake).
Lysander: My love you have arrived.
Helena: No you don’t. You love Hermia.
Lysander No I love you!
Helena runs off followed by Lysander leaving Hermia all alone asleep. Enter the Mechanicals and Puck.
Narrator 3: Meanwhile elsewhere in the forest our players are rehearsing. The mischievous Puck discovers them….
Puck: Look at how bad they act! Especially that one with the loud voice. I know I shall magic him a head which fits his acting skill…
Puck points towards Bottom and wiggles his fingers. Bottom clutches his head and falls to the floor. Under a blanket he fits the Donkey’s
head. The other actors point scream and then run. Puck giggles then exits. Bottom walks around braying. Enter Titania and her fairies
asleep in her nest. Bottom brays near her and she sits up looking at Bottom.
Titania: What a beautiful creature you are. Come here and sit with me awhile.
Bottom sits with Titania. Titania strokes his ears.
Titania: What beautiful ears you have.
Bottom: All the better to listen to you with my dear.
Exit all: Enter Demetrious and Oberon.
Demetrious: At last I’ve lost her. I shall sleep her the night.
Oberon creeps over and puts the love potion onto Demetrious. Then exits. Helena arrives chased by Lysander. Demetrious wakes up and sees Helena immediately falling in love with her. Both Demetrious and Lysander kneel in love to Helena. In walks Hermia.
Hermia: You juggler!
Helena: Fie, fie, you counterfeit!
Hermia: You thief of love!
Helena: You puppet you!
Hermia: You painted maypole!
Helena: You bead, you acorn.
All freeze enter Oberon and Puck.
Oberon: Look what you have done you silly fairy. Now everything is muddled up. You can put right what you’ve made wrong!
Puck: Up and down, up and down, I will lead them up and down!
Narrator 3: Soon everyone was fast asleep. Puck flew about the forest making things right. Oberon, his lord, Decided that Titania had also paid her dues and set forth to reverse her love for bottom.
Puck runs around spreading fairy dust about Lysander, Demetrious, Hermia and Helena. Oberon does the same for Titania. Puck and Oberon then exit.
On the bang of a tambourine they all wake.
Narrator 2: With the morning Puck had made things well. Hermia now loves and is loved again by Lysander. (They hold hands). Demetrious
now loves Helena and Helena loves him.(they hold hands). Titania and
Bottom awake to each other in horror. (Titania screams and runs off.
Bottom brays and exits). Before long Lysander and Hermia, Demetrious and Helena, the players and Bottom whose donkey head has worn off head back to the city. A wedding is imminent.
Narrator 3: But now there is to be more than one wedding. Theseus will marry Hippolyta, Lysander Hermia and Demetrious Helena.
Each stand and bow to each other in turn before sitting down again. Enter the Mechanicals.
Narrator 1: And now is the moment for our actors to perform their play.
Enter the Mechanicals.
Quince: Ladies and Gentlemen we present our play Pyramus and Thisbe.
Snout: I am a wall which these two lovers talk through.
Pyramus: Thisbe my sweet. Are you there?
Thisbe: Yes my love.
Pyramus: Meet me tonight at Ninny’s tomb
Quince; Ninus tomb!
Exit all. Enter Moonshine and Lion.
Moonshine: I am the Moon which shines on Ninus tomb.
Lion: I am a lion passing in the night.
Thisbe: How dark this place is. Pyramus?
Exit Thisbe chased by the Lion. She drops her hanky.
Pyramus: What’s this? My loves hanky and all the rest eaten by a lion. I can not go on and so must die.
Pyramus dies in an over the top manner. Enter Thisbe.