Splicing, dicing Shakespeare
What is AlternativeShakespeare?
We rediscover and reignite Shakespeare's legacy by creating fresh plays that stay faithful to his themes and words, yet at the same time challenge our preconceptions of his work.
For us, William Shakespeare was the greatest writer of all time. It is because we hold Shakespeare in such respect that we have created alternativeShakespeare.
We have no issues at all with Shakespeare himself - it is with the understanding of his work with which we take issue. For too long (well, for over 400 years), we think that we've all failed to really 'get' the potential of the legacy Shakespeare left us.
We believe a totally new, alternative, approach is needed. For us, that approach is alternativeShakespeare.
We exist to help people enrich their own lives through the understanding coming out of AlternativeShakespeare.
Join us on our journey...
Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare,
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
And cursed be he that moves my bones.
A lot of people familiar with the life (and death) of William Shakespeare will quickly recognise the famous epitaph that adorns his final resting place in Trinity Church, Stratford. We're not dealing with the last physical remains of the great writer here– his bones (and whatever secrets that may be buried with them!) are safe.
Our work is about Shakespeare’s metaphysical bones; the body of work that he left behind. We are dedicated to finding out what happens if the bones of his life, mind, and writing are shaken up, and their essence rearranged, realigning them so that a new body of work, and way of working, can be created.
We’ve been doing this for over 20 years, and we have not yet been struck down by the curse of William Shakespeare! Instead, these incredible years have produced a new body of work, inspired directly and indirectly by both the life and writings of the man himself.