A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Magical Play in a Magical Place.

Roma Street Parkland's picturesque open-air venue will offer a magical setting for the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble's A Midsummer Night's Dream in August 2013.

One of Shakespeare's most treasured comedies, Midsummer features messy love triangles, feisty faeries, and oblivious fools. "It's a great ensemble play!" says director Dr Rob Pensalfini. "There is a variety of colourful characters all madly pursuing their own desires with little regard for the effect it has on the people around them."

Live music - written and performed by the ensemble - accompanies a dozen professionally trained actors, and complements both the performance and venue. "Roma Street Parkland has a stunning setting. The open air venue gives us scope to play on a large scale, and for the audience to feel like they're a part of something special," Pensalfini says.

Expect to be surprised by QSE's interpretation of this play. Dr Pensalfini has promised to strip back the shiny glaze sometimes applied to productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and explore often-overlooked themes within the text. "Not much is ever made of the impact that the discord in the faerie kingdom has on the human world," Dr Pensalfini says. "I wanted to play with the idea of the wheels coming off the human world."

QSE actors such as Louise Brehmer, who plays Puck, are renowned for performing with energy and clarity, and the company is dedicated to delivering Shakespeare's poetry in a way that connects with contemporary Australian audiences, making centuries-old text accessible and exciting.

"The audience will hear Shakespeare as a writer for our time, for our voices," Pensalfini assures.


  • Previews: Wed 21 Aug 7:30pm and Thu 22 Aug 7:30pm (Discounted tickets!)
  • Gala Night: Fri 23 Aug 7.30pm (Mingle with the cast and crew and enjoy food and refreshments after the show)
  • Q&A: Thursdays after the show (20-minute Question and Answer session with the cast and creative team)
  • Season: 21 - 25 Aug; 29 Aug - 1 Sep; and 5 - 7 Sep (see below for times)
  • Duration: 2 hours 20 min (including 20 min interval)
  • Venue: The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1 Aug 21
Aug 22
Preview + Q&A
Aug 23
7:30pm Gala
Aug 24
2pm Matinée
Aug 25
Week 2   Aug 29
+ Q&A
Aug 30
Aug 31
2pm Matinée
Sep 1
Week 3   Sep 5
+ Q&A
Sep 6
Sep 7
2pm Matinée


  • Preview: $20
  • Full: $30
  • Concession: $20 *
  • Group Discount (10+): $20

* Concessions are for full-time students, pensioners, health care card holders, MEAA card holders, and 4ZZZ subscriber card holders

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Cast and Crew

  • Director: Rob Pensalfini
  • Production Manager: Kylii Hobson
  • Stage Manager: Tiff Kaimatsoglu
  • Costume Designer: Angel Kosch
  • Set Designer: Belinda McCormack
  • Lighting Designer: Steve Tibbits
  • Marketing Director: Samantha Yeates
  • Publicity: Rosemary Walker
  • Music Director: Rob Pensalfini
  • Louise Brehmer - Puck
  • Brandon Dowery - Francis Flute/Thisbe; Peaseblossom
  • Ruby Drewery - Hippolyta; Titania
  • Matt Gaffney - Snug/Wall/Lion; Moth
  • Nick James - Lysander
  • Sam Jeboult - Athenian; Egeus; Cobweb
  • Zac Kelty - Oberon; Theseus
  • Laura McKenna - Peter Quince; Mustardseed
  • Rebecca Murphy - Helena
  • Silvan Rus - Demetrius
  • Colin Smith - Nick Bottom/Pyramus
  • Johanceé Theron - Hermia

Venue Details for Roma Street Parkland

The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland

Click here for the official Roma Street Parkland map, or here for a Google Map to the venue.

The audience is seated onstage in the performance area, which is under cover. In the event of very heavy rain and/or high winds, the performance/seating area may become unsafe and the show may be cancelled - in this case, exchanges/refunds can be arranged at Front of House.

Refreshments: Freshly brewed coffee, cold drinks and cookies will be available for purchase from the Coffee Zip mobile coffee cart prior to each performance and during interval.

How To Get There

Train: The Roma Street train station is located directly beside Roma Street Parkland. All suburban trains stop here providing easy access to the Parkland by using Platform 10 exit.

Bus: Brisbane City Council buses stop at several locations near Roma Street Parkland. Visit the TransLink website for more information.

Car: There are two main road entrances:

Roma Street entrance - driving towards the City on Roma Street, past the Transit Centre and Holiday Inn, and turn left.

Wickham Terrace - Gregory Terrace - College Road intersection - driving out of the City along Wickham Terrace, take a left hand turn before the intersection lights straight into the Parkland and drive down Parkland Boulevard.

There are 200 car parks within the Roma Street Parkland grounds and a further 2,000 in close proximity. A 4-hour limit applies to bays on Parkland Boulevard from 6am-8pm.

Disability Parking: Disability parking bays are located near The Lookout, at College Close carpark, on Parkland Boulevard near Melange Café and on the lower level opposite Queensland Railway Platform 10. There are a small number of Disability Parking bays located near the Amphitheatre. No fees apply for Disability Parking at any time.