QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 83 - Page 13

� First open-air production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' P ERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS celebrated Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary by staging a new open-air production of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' in June. More than forty students from across Queen Margaret’s Performing Arts programmes worked with staff to create a truly magical evening of theatre. As part of this exciting production, QMU worked in partnership with students from both the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Lighting and Sound School. Original music for the show was supervised by Yati Durant and composed by students of MSc Composition for Screen at the Reid School of Music, ECA, University of Edinburgh. The public performances took place over a week in June with open air productions staged within the grounds of QMU and at the beautiful Dunbar’s Close Gardens on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. ❒ Costume Showcase creates new worlds C OSTUME SHOWCASE is one of the highlights in the QMU calendar and this year’s creative event did not disappoint. The catwalk showpiece, held at The Pleasance in Edinburgh, transported the audience through a chain of imaginary worlds. Led by the BA (Hons) Costume Design and Construction student group, the event featured characters drawn from a fairy tale past and a science fiction future. The audience was dazzled by the feast of visual fun which included ghostly apparitions brought to life using 21st century technology. The show transported the audience across time and space. Characters from Brecht’s ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’ walked the runway alongside creations inspired by anime and mythology, by the artic north and the exotic east, by politics and pantomime. enchanting family of the ‘Tailor Mice’ and was amazed by the ‘Experiments in Life Forms’ created specifically for the National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh’s International Science Festival. 2016’s finale pieces quite literally lit up the auditorium. A selection of exquisite Renaissance costumes with a modern twist – ‘Selene, goddess of the moon’, and her court – took centre stage. See photo feature on page 14–17. ❒ The audience was introduced to the QMYOU / Creativity & Culture 13