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A creative space to share our thoughts and ideas, revealing how his words, stories and characters continue to influence and reflect human life. Click on ‘more about the project’ for an introduction from Tim Minchin.
Concluding the series of “Where do Ideas come from?” Billy Shakespeare and his pig Francis debate the merits of frolics and frippery. Part eight in the series written and illustrated by The Brothers McLeod.
Continuing in the series of “Where do Ideas come from?” Billy Shakespeare discusses the role of death in creativity. Part seven in the series written and illustrated by The Brothers McLeod.
The Brazilian theatre group Cia Elevador de Teatro Panorâmico was founded in 2000 by their artistic director Marcelo Lazzaratto. Ten years later the group undertook the translation and performance of As You Like It. The following is taken from an interview given on 21 June 2011 when their translation was completed and the show was playing at the company’s theatre. The interview appears as transcribed in the book of their translation, published by Balão Editorial. At the interview was Marcelo Lazzaratto (actor and director), and the actors Carolina Fabri, Gabriel Miziara and Pedro Haddad Continue Reading
Will’s World is a JISC Discovery project in which EDINA aims to demonstrate the value and principles of aggregation as a tactic. The concept behind this project is that assembling online data sources relating to one topic will add value and improve the discoverability of these resources; making it easier for developers and service providers to build services and ultimately providing an easier access for all to the data itself and enriched content based on it.
Will’s World applies this concept to the world of William Shakespeare. Our project is designing, building and populating a Shakespeare Registry of metadata of digital resources relating to Shakespeare, covering anything from its work and live, to modern performance, interpretation or geographical and historical contextual information. The Royal Shakespeare Company is one the online resources contributing to Will’s World.
Development work to build the Registry has been on-going over the summer. We are now busy adding great data to the Shakespeare Registry and are keen to encourage some creative use of the data. Following our successful participation in the Culture Hack Scotland event in April, we are currently considering the organisation of an online hack event.
This twist on the traditional in person 24 hours format provides a lot of flexibility. There is no need to travel, no limits on number of participants or venue size, participants can schedule their participation around their other commitments and used their familiar setup. Ensuring excellent communication will be key and the use of social media technologies will help us achieve this.
Do you think it is a good idea? Do you have previous experience of similar events to share? How can we support participants? Take part in our survey and tell us your opinions.
Feedback so far has been very supportive, see our post Can one desire too much of a good thing? We are now hoping to go ahead with organising this event in early December. Put it in your diary and get in touch if you want to be involved!
The Tempest: Shakespeare’s ‘first’ play – part 1
It is 1611. You are sitting in the Blackfriars theatre, north of the river Thames, near the City walls. It is a small hall space, very different from the large amphitheatres such as the Globe just across the river. No need to worry about being rained on here. You look around…as usual the audience have decided to come and show off the latest London fashion under the candlelight which lights the theatre: the auditorium shimmers and glitters with expensive materials and jewels. Some of the wealthier women have used crushed pearl to paint their faces, as is the trend, and their skin glistens in the light.
The place is packed – every seat is filled and, unlike the Globe, there is no standing. You have chosen one of the seats on stage – you don’t mind paying a little more to be close to the action! Today the King’s Men perform a new play by their leading playwright, Shakespeare. He’s written for the Blackfriars since 1609 when the company took over the venue: they use it for the winter and return to their longstanding home, the Globe, for the summer months. But although Shakespeare has written other plays for this space, rumour has it that today’s play is the first to fully exploit the playing possibilities of the Blackfriars. So you are looking forward to see what all the fuss is about. The concert performed just before the play finishes – music works so well in this small indoor space, a whole range of instruments are played here that you just would not be able to hear at outdoor playhouses. It is little wonder that so many playwrights like to use lots of music in their Blackfriars plays. The sounds of the concert are still in your ears but, then, suddenly, rudely, this is disrupted – the loudest noise, thunder, lightning, you are in the midst of a storm….. The Tempest has begun Continue Reading