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.
I am such a tender ass, if my hair do but tickle me, I must scratch
— Act IV, scene 1
Peter Quince, Francis Flute, Robin Starveling, Tom Snout, Snug
Nick Bottom, the weaver
— Act III, scene 1
Acting & singing