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  • 1.  Bottom's donkey head

    Posted 10-25-2015 05:49
    Sent this on Friday evening but do not see it posted-- so am trying again.
    Looking for a rental of Bottom's donkey head for our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, November 20 and 21. Would need it for 10 days including show dates.  Souhegan High School, Amherst, NH 03031.  Steve Hodgman, Director

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  • 2.  RE: Bottom's donkey head

    Posted 10-27-2015 13:49

    I don't know of any specific place to rent the donkey head, but according to the play survey, it's one of the top full length productions for high schools, which means you could probably find some good options by reaching out to other local high schools and community theatres.

    If that's doesn't pan out, you could definitely make it. I've seen this done as simply as a pair of donkey ears attached to a headband. OR Amazon has a bunch of affordable options. Good luck, let us know what you find!

    Ginny Butsch
    Community Manager
    Educational Theatre Association
    Alexandria KY

  • 3.  RE: Bottom's donkey head

    Posted 10-28-2015 07:46
    We made one

  • 4.  RE: Bottom's donkey head

    Posted 10-28-2015 10:33

    Here's where I got mine.  It's fabric, and much less bulky, but looked really cool on stage.

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    grey and white fur with sparkle organza flowers and trims
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    Jennifer Miguel
    Franklin VA

  • 5.  RE: Bottom's donkey head

    Posted 11-04-2015 09:40
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    I have one that I can send to you.

    My e-mail is

    We used this in our MSND production three years ago. Comfortable and good view for the actor wearing it.  It is a half mask so projection is not hindered.

    Kevin Hayes

    Director of Theatre

    Maumee Valley Country Day School

    Toledo, Ohio

    Kevin Hayes
    [Director of Theatre]
    [Maumee Valley Country Day School]
    Toledo OHOH

  • 6.  RE: Bottom's donkey head

    Posted 11-04-2015 10:25

    I made a skull-cap and added ears using a thermoplastic covered with an old mink coat I had in my costume collection. It pulled over the head but the face was uncovered. I used "Billy-Bob Teeth" to add to the effect.

    John Perry
    Drama Instructor
    Atherton High School
    Louisville KY

  • 7.  RE: Bottom's donkey head

    Posted 11-05-2015 11:16

    We used one of those weird, freaky looking latex horse heads. We packed it full of paper, jerry-rigged a strap for it, and it worked really well.

    Phillip Goodchild
    Theatre Arts Instructor/Assistant Department Head of English
    Hillsborough County Schools
    Ruskin FL

  • 8.  RE: Bottom's donkey head

    Posted 11-06-2015 09:07

    I have one I made cast in neoprene that is two parts so you have an articulated jaw. I've loaned it out for several productions. Let me know if you'd like to see pics.

    Chris Mahle
    Drama Teacher
    Palo Alto Unified School District
    San Jose CA

  • 9.  RE: Bottom's donkey head

    Posted 04-25-2024 10:03

    Hi Kevin,

    I just sent you an email but wanted to reach out here as well.  We are doing a production of MSND and are looking for a donkey head.  Is yours still available to rent and/or borrow?  We are in Montclair NJ? 


    Lisa Gunn-Becker

  • 10.  RE: Bottom's donkey head

    Posted 04-29-2024 14:47

    When we did it years ago, I made one out of a decommissioned football helmet, half a milk jug, a simply orange bottle, and some foam (and fabric lol). It worked pretty well. 

    Mary Morris
    Conneaut Area Senior High

  • 11.  RE: Bottom's donkey head

    Posted 04-29-2024 20:05
    Thanks so much!
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  • 12.  RE: Bottom's donkey head

    Posted 04-30-2024 09:07
    We bought a baseball cap version from Amazon for 10 dollars 

  • 13.  RE: Bottom's donkey head

    Posted 05-01-2024 07:50

    We borrowed one from a local theatre that had performed Shrek. 

    [William] [Myatt] [Director of Theatre]

    [Camanche High School]