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Bright Summer Night - Episodes One - Three

Web (Full Length Episodes) – 2016

This award-winning Candle Wasters web series mixes A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a teen house party. In the first two episodes, Puck (Meesha Rikk) hits the party in time to witness a showdown, while Lena (Kalisha Wasasala) worries about when to make a romantic move. Then Puck crashes a young activists’ meeting — inspired by the original play's comical Mechanicals — in the bedroom of Petra (Thomasin McKenzie from Leave No Trace). The third Shakespeare adaptation by The Candle Wasters added NZ On Air funding and "token dude" Robbie Nicol to the creative team. 

I feel like our fans are part of the family because they’re helping us make this project! Even on a basic level, we all write names on envelopes and sign postcards for them, so the 10,000 YouTube subscribers from around the world suddenly feel way more tangible and like real people instead of numbers. It’s pretty mind-blowing to know we have fans in places like Israel, Switzerland, America, and more!
– Candle Waster Claris Jacobs, in a 2016 NZ Web Fest profile

Key Cast & Crew

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The Candle Wasters

Director, Writer, Creator

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Meesha Rikk

As: Puck

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Thomasin McKenzie

As: Petra Quince

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Bevin Linkhorn


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Minnie Grace

Writer, Producer, Editor

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Claris Jacobs

Writer, Editor, Make-up, Production Designer, Costume Designer

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Made with funding from NZ On Air


Featured songs:

Episode Two
'Man on the Run' and 'Obstacle' written and performed by Hans Pucket; 'Another Saturday' written and performed by Kip McGrath; 'My Smile is Extinct' written and performed by Kane Strang

Episode Three
Opening track 'Xanthe’s Bop' written and performed by Heroes for Sale; 'Supermarket' and 'La Rat' written and performed by Opposite Sex