Shakespeare's language can at first appear alien to a modern audience. If poorly performed, the rhythms and rhymes of his speeches may sound like gobblygook. When properly presented, however, his language is rich and melodic, and full of imagery.
Performing a Shakespeare play poses many challenges to its cast. Actors who are used to the prose of modern theatre and television often find it hard to adjust to the strict rhythm of Shakespeare's text. Director Gail Edwards and cast discuss some of the tools used in rehearsal and performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.