1902. The Bellingford Amateur Dramaticks' next production is to be A Midsummer Night's Dream - but it is a production with a difference, as it is being sponsored by (and therefore controlled by) a local entrepreneur and Henry Irving devotee, Sydney De Lainey. Rehearsals, under De Lainey's tyrranny, are awkward and many tensions arise within the company, culminating in De Lainey's brutal murder. The brand-new science of fingerprinting is used to solve the crime during a performance of the Dream and the culprit is arrested. A Bad Dream, charming and full of period detail, ws commissioned by the Sutton Amateur Dramatic Club in celebration of its 100th Anniversary in 2002.