CBeeBies: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Liverpool Everyman

As part of CBeebies month-long celebration of William Shakespeare, Splinter built the set of the Royal Shakespere Company’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Filmed at the Liverpool Everyman in front of an audience of children and aired on CBeebies. With the aim of bringing Shakespeare to a new younger audience Splinter worked closely with the designer and production manager to produce their vision of the set.

One of the pieces that proved to have the most complex construction was the four large trees measuring close to four metres in height and width.  These trees not only had to be dismantled for transport to the venue but also had to have fairy lights woven into the construction. Two of these trees were also flown which meant that the trees also had to keep down on weight as much as possible.

Other parts of the set included a couple of small three-dimensional bushes, a carpenters bench, an Athenian house and also a large chain curtain that spanned the full width of the theatre.

Overall the set was a great success and looked fantastic on TV.


Dinah England


Liverpool Everyman


Darren Juggins Photography