Cirencester’s Corinium Radio is trying to rouse a cast of ‘dreamers’ from their sleep to bring a new theatrical production to the town.

It includes 17 actors… 30 hectic minutes… and one crazy story!

The local community radio station has launched an appeal for young actors to come forward and help it bring Shakespeare to this year’s Phoenix Festival.

The ambitious production has been titled ‘Midsummer Dream’ and will be presented in the Abbey Grounds at the flagship Cirencester festival.

The idea is to give young people an opportunity to experience Shakespeare in 30 minutes with an adaptation and shortened version of the bard’s masterpiece ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

This story, in Shakespeare’s own words, is about ‘the lunatic, the lover and the poet’ and takes to the stage at the bank holiday event on Sunday August 27th at 12.30 pm.

But before the show can go on a cast needs to be found.

With that in mind auditions are being held on Saturday July 15th between 10 am and 4 pm in Cirencester.

Corinium Radio is appealing for anyone who has ever wondered about having a go at acting to step forward and take a bow but those with more stage experience should not be put off trying for a place either.

Those who are cast will have the opportunity of taking advantage of free guidance from RADA-trained actor Moses Hardwick, who has adapted the play.  Rehearsals will take place during the week commencing 7th August ready for the performance on Sunday 27th August.  Contemporary dress will be the order of the day for the 17 actors, who should be aged 16 -25 years old.

Said Corinium Radio spokesman Tony Coleman, “We hope the area’s young actors will wake up to this challenge.  We want to see them making their dreams come true.”

For more details contact Carole Boydell, Chair of Corinium Radio, on 07776 144033 or email