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August 2019

Below are updates of work we are currently engaged in;

for more details, do drop us an email.

 

Shakespeare's Bones

new plays and books giving new and

sustainable life to Shakespeare’s work

 

Play - King Lear (alone)

Over the last few months, our new play King Lear (alone) has been performed in venues in Birmingham, Manchester, Bath, Bristol, Oldham, Edinburgh, Buxton and London. This one-man play revisits the words and themes of the Shakespeare original solely from the perspective of Lear himself. By dispensing with the other 28 characters, the audience is allowed a unique insight into his feelings and thoughts.

 

Feedback from the audience and reviewers has been extremely positive, and we are now taking bookings for 2019.

 

For more details, please click here

 

Book - Shakespeare's Dream

The starting point for our work was the performance of a newly written play Time After Time.

 

Whilst the piece is clearly a homage to the work of Shakespeare, nevertheless its major impetus and thrusts were to explore the nature of his creativity and to see Shakespeare in the context of being a part of a theatrical continuum. In the play, this continuum, or tradition, starts by actively being grounded in the work and times of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, but in the second half Shakespeare is catapulted into the 20th Century, to encounter some of the major theatre creations his work helped bring about.

 

Over the years the play has been rewritten as a book, and we are now in the process of getting it ready for publication in 2019.

  

Play - Queen Gertrude: the killing thereof

This will be the 8th new play that attempts to find new discoveries about Shakespeare’s plays and how they were written. This one-woman piece is inspired by Janet Adelman’s seminal book Suffocating Mothers; in it, Queen Gertrude is finally allowed to tell her side of the famous story.

 

Workshops have been completed, and a draft of the play is now in place. During 2019 it is hoped that the play will be premiered.

 

Unfinished Shakespeare

focusing on how Shakespeare can help

us understand what it is to be Human

 

Discussion Paper 

This is currently being written and will be made available in the coming months.

Living Shakespeare

new ways of understanding

Shakespeare’s work and life.

 

Play Reading Sessions

Birmingham

Every Tuesday evening, we hold play reading sessions at the Birmingham & Midland Institute, where people read, discuss and debate the plays of Shakespeare. The sessions are open to anybody with a love of Theatre and Shakespeare. Similar sessions are held in Stafford.

 

We have to date read 10 Shakespeare plays - Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear,

The Tempest, Pericles, Henry IV Part 1, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV Part 2,

Measure for Measure, Macbeth, Troilus & Cressida.

 

Beyond Shakespeare

looking ahead . . . 

Here we use our knowledge and experience gained to date to

imagine the next incarnation of the force that drove Shakespeare on.

Quite where that will take us is largely unknown . . .