Shakespeare's Soul is the third part of the work of The AlternativeShakespeare Collaboration, and here we turn the focus away from his literary output, instead choosing to explore the contribution he made to our understanding of what it is to be a Human Being, and how this too can be turned into a 'living legacy'.
In the 20 years we have spent trying to understand, and then perpetuate, how Shakespeare did what he did as Playwright and a Poet, we have gained tremendous insights into how he also furthered
humanity's knowledge of itself. Having said that, we have only recently begun to realise that this knowledge also needs special focus and attention, and so we are very much at the start of the work.
Here we show how this thing we all call Shakespeare is a living phenomenon, and we do this through imagining him to be a living presence. This revolves around two soon-to-be-written books;
"I, Shakespeare" The third part of the Trilogy comprising three works:
Time After Time - the play written and performed in 2003
Shakespeare's Dream - the book published in 2019
I, Shakespeare - a book currently being written in 2021
"Shakespeare is Dead, AlternativeShakespeare is Alive - Stepping Back, Moving On"
The first part of the book looks at the current status of the world of Shakespeare, and argues that holding on to a dead writer is an unhealthy state of affairs, and one that ultimately does a disservice to the man and his works.
The second one looks at the need to recognise that an AlternativeShakespeare, one that carries on the work of Shakespeare by creating new work out of his legacy.
The last part explores in more detail how the process of moving on from Shakespeare into AlternativeShakespeare can come about and the challenges it faces.
Over the next few months we hope to put together our thoughts and produce a discussion document, which will then be made available on this website.