Midsummer Night's Dream is currently wowing audiences in Dubrovnik. Shakespeare’s comedy is being performed as part of the Midsummer Scene festival in the Lovrijenac Fortress overlooking to ancient Old City of Dubrovnik. Every evening at 9.30 the international cast leaps onto stage and delights the public with this fun and colourful production. We caught up with Sheetal Kapoor, who plays the impish Puk as well as Philostrate, to discover how she is “coping” with a summer season in Dubrovnik. Sheetal trained at Drama Studio London and has appeared in numerous theatre and film roles. She has also taken a hands on role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a choreographer.
Is this your first visit to Dubrovnik? What do you think about the city?
Yes, and it has become one of my favourite places in the world. Dubrovnik is beautiful. I love the views and the City Walls are amazing. I like how everything has preserved its history.
Did you meet local people?
Yes, they have all been so lovely and polite. Very friendly people and beautiful too!
What do you do in your free time, while you are not acting? (In Dubrovnik, and generally)
I like going to Banje Beach Club, it has a great atmosphere and the music there is good. I also really like Buza Bar, it’s so unique, I haven't been to another bar like it. I also enjoy painting and drawing in my free time.
What was your first impression of the stage where 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is performing?
I thought it was incredible! It is the best venue I have ever performed in. I can't imagine anywhere better.
Taking the 1930s as its starting point, this production will also feature Bollywood-style choreography. Can you tell us a few words about that exotic twist?
I think when the Bollywood dance comes in, it brings all the magic of the Fairy world to life. It really shows the difference between the world of Athens and the world of the Fairies, which is colourful and represents how the fairies can travel all around the world and are influenced by everything they see.
How is it to be an actress and at the same time a choreographer of the play?
It’s great! I get the best of both worlds. I love playing Puck/Philostrate and the cast have been brilliant at learning the dance and supporting me through the process.
The British cast is supported by an international creative team. How do you all get along?
We all really get along and have lots of fun. We’ve become a family out here. For many of us, it is our first time in Dubrovnik and we are enjoying sharing this experience together.
Do you ever get tired of acting and dancing?
No, it’s fun to bring the two together. Puck is a very physical character too, so I think it complements the style of the character.
What do you expect from a Dubrovnik audience?
I hope that they enjoy the show. Everyone has worked very hard. I think our director Helen Tennison has great vision and the creative team have been exceptional. So I hope people like the magic we try to create on stage.
Did something interesting or strange happen to you here in Dubrovnik?
Being part of Midsummer Scene festival has been the best part of my experience here. The views from the Fort are incredible. The strangest is how many mosquitos haven bitten me since I've been here!
Will you come back to our city?
Definitely! I will also encourage all my friends and family to visit too.