Dear Agony Aunt

Dear Agony Aunt, My friends are acting strangely!! I was rehearsing a play with them when suddenly they started shouting at me, calling me ‘monstrous’ and saying I had been ‘translated’. I am a naturally confident fellow but this has left me quite confused. What should I do as I don’t want to be thought an ass!? Bottom x


  1. just ignore them they are being silly!
    !!!!!! (by Anon.)

  2. Look in the river, see your reflection and then you'll understand why they're so scared but if nothing is wrong they are just bullies. (by Anon.)

  3. Ignore them. OOH! And get your new girlfriend to enchant them. See how they like it. It's Payback Time! Mwahhaha! *cough,cough* (By Sophie)

  4. I have just been matched with you on the quiz re characters so really looking forward to seeing you on March 2nd when Service Children's Education attend the performance.
    Best wishes Joy Harris Arts Aadviser SCE
    Don't worry our students will help you, all 94 of them!


  6. Go to the nearby river in the woods and look at your refections and then you will know why they acted so strangely. (by Anon.)

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I am such a tender ass, if my hair do but tickle me, I must scratch.


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I am Bottom, a weaver and also an actor in a play for the Duke's wedding. I am a very enthusiastic actor and so I am keen to play more than just the part set down for me. Whilst rehearsing, I become the victim of a trick and all my fellow actors think I am transformed into a beast and run away from me. The next thing I know is that the Queen of the Fairies has fallen in love with me and I am made to feel like a king. The dream ends though and I return to my normal self, just in time to perform in the play.



Acting & singing



Peter Quince, Francis Flute, Robin Starveling, Tom Snout, Snug

Also Called:

  • Nick Bottom, the weaver
  • Pyramus
  • ‘bully Bottom’ (Quince. 3.1.7)

O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall

  1. (3.1.109) O Bottom, thou art changed!

  2. (3.1.113) Bless thee, Bottom, bless thee! Thou art translated.

  3. (3.1.132) I pray thee gentle mortal, sing again: / Mine ear is much enamour’d of thy note; / So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape; / And thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me / On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.

  4. (3.1.142) Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.

  5. (4.2.9) He hath simply the best wit of any handicraft man in Athens.


  1. Clip 1

    Russell Layton discusses his initial impressions of Bottom. > Play
  2. Clip 2

    Russell talks about playing Bottom in rehearsals. > Play
  3. Clip 3

    In conversation with the Mechanicals: Russell (Botom) and William (Quince). > Play