The Rose Theatre, at Blenheim Palace, is Europe’s first pop-up Shakespearean theatre and it’s right on our doorstep. So, after a beautiful walk alongside the river in the sunshine – grass-whistle crafting included, courtesy of one or two of the Year 6s – we all sat spellbound throughout A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Highlights were definitely the fairies’ acrobatics and interactions with the children, the donkey’s head, the live orchestra and singing, and, of course, the play-within-a-play which got the whole audience giggling. Everybody coped brilliantly with some of the trickier language, they asked excellent questions (during the interval!) and their behaviour was exemplary.