THE magic of William Shakespeare's popular play A Midsummer Night's Dream was revived in the territory recently for the sake of local children suffering from cancer. The charity show attracted over 700 people at the drama theatre of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts last week. Organised jointly by La Salle College, St Paul's Secondary School, Queen's College and Maryknoll Convent School, the Joint School Drama Night was aimed at enhancing students' interest in drama as well as raising funds for the cancer victims. Bobby Fan Chung-yin, chairman of La Salle College's Drama and Film Society, told Young Post why he decided to show his support for the sick children. ''For the children suffering from cancer, the road ahead seems to be much longer and full of hurdles. We just wanted to offer them some help in whatever way we could,'' said the 18-year-old. Echoing Bobby's views was schoolmate Edmund Chan Wai-chung. ''Even for normal children, we at times feel sorry and hurt, but for the victims, the physical and mental burden is immense and sometimes the agony is beyond our imagination,' said Edmund, who directed the play. The play was chosen after the organising committee conducted a survey in the four schools to find out more about student preferences about the kind of plays they liked. ''The majority wanted comedy, while 48 per cent preferred a play about love. So we decided to stage A Midsummer Night's Dream because it offers a beautiful blend of comedy and love,'' said Bobby. The activity also tested their time-management skills since the preparation period clashed with their exams. ''We do not live only for studies. Education is important, but there are other things too in life which we need to learn such as social skills and teamwork,'' said Edmund. Bobby added that since they came from an all-boys' school, it was vital for them to cultivate appropriate attitude and skills in working with girls. ''Girls may think that we are rude if we try to talk to them the way we do with boys. ''You have to soften your tone a bit with them,'' Bobby explained. Organised for the third year, over 60 students took part in this year's event. The proceeds from the show will go to the Hong Kong Children Cancer Foundation to supplement the services provided by the Hospital Authority and to upgrade the quality of life of children suffering from cancer.