We have built a reputation over the past few years for creating magical experiences through some of Shakespeare’s best known plays in our touring outdoor performances. Our passion for storytelling, our love of the theatre and a deep appreciation of our cultural heritage are poured into each one of our performances; transporting our audiences to a world of magic and ensuring that when they leave they take a piece of that magic with them.
THE TEMPEST (2017)
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on”
In the summer of 2016 MATE Productions; in partnership with The Shakespeare North Trust, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council and the Royal Shakespeare Company Open Stages, created a large-scale outdoor production of ‘The Tempest’ with a multi-generational company of local community performers. The production was premiered in the woodland gardens of Prescot Parish Church and toured to St Nicholas Church gardens in Halewood, Sudley House Gardens and St James gardens in Liverpool, Ness Botanic Gardens in Wirral, and The Dell at the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon. The production was attended by local community audiences in excess of 1155 people over 7 weekends between June and July 2016, with a further 1000+ free audiences at preview extract performances at local events such as the Elizabethan Fayre at Prescot. A comprehensive volunteering and education programme ran alongside the production and engaged 400+ people!
AS YOU LIKE IT (2016)
“All the world’s a stage”
Rosalind and Orlando; unable to act on their feelings and forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, become entangled in a deliciously addictive game of disguise, romance and mistaken identity. All the world’s a stage as understandings of love, gender roles, nature, and politics are confused in a play that meditates on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be. A Journey deep into the Forest of Arden in a hilarious and magical outdoor promenade performance of Shakespeare’s most glorious comedy, as cross-dressing heroines and triumphant heroes learn how to embrace their imaginations, let go of their fears — and surrender to romance.
MATE’s design team created As You Like It in partnership with 40 year ten GCSE Art students from The Prescot School who created set, props and designed costume to help develop their knowledge of Shakespeare in a fun and constructive way and in doing so were also awarded Silver and Bronze Arts Awards.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (2015)
“Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream”
The King and Queen of Fairyland are having a furious row, as a pair of star crossed lovers find themselves lost in a magical woodland where naughty sprites like to steal trinkets and toy with hapless humans. A group of amateur actors are also in the forest rehearsing a play for the Duke’s wedding day, watched by a wicked and mischievous Puck. Mishaps, love drugs and confusion as a Bottom is transformed, the Fairy Queen falls madly in love with a donkey, the lovers all love the wrong person and things get pretty dirty amongst the trees…
The festivities included an exciting programme of free arts and craft workshops in local schools where children made dream catchers and magical artefacts to hang on the trees and transform the woodlands into a midsummer’s fairyland. Families were encouraged to bring their children to performances dressed as flower fairies or naughty sprites. We also brought in face-painters before the show and during the interval to transform the children who could choose fairy flower designs or the tribal markings of a sprite.