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Beyond Shakespeare

Beyond Shakespeare is about looking forward, using the experience and knowledge gained to date to help us imagine how the forces that drove Shakespeare might manifest themselves, both now and in the future. This is done by initially turning our backs on the world of Shakespeare (essential if we are to achieve our objective):

New Writing - Society/World
Performed Plays 
These are plays that focus on aspects of life in the 21st Century:
  • Kicking Off
  • The Nativity 2015
ArtsTransForm Workshops 2018-2021

A series of fortnightly collaborative workshops in Birmingham, exploring issues in the 21st Century and creating multi-disciplinary new works.

  • focusing our attention on the here and now; exploring what is going on in the world around us, and developing new skills afforded by the opportunities of living in the 21st Century.

  • working with others to create new works that can be shared by other people.

New Writing - The Personal World

Writing that focuses on the private world of the interior. Whilst the interior world does, indirectly, come through Shakespeare's words, the settings are nearly always about, and therefore largely determined by, the exterior world of society at large. Beyond Shakespeare is about completely reversing that Point of View - we feel this is vital if the spiritual forces that drove Shakespeare are allowed to keep developing themselves.
These are the new works, written over the last 12 years, that reflect this change of focus:
  • Love Hurts
  • Shooting Clouds
  • Parklife
  • One Christmas Eve
  • Orpheus in Blue
  • The Other Side
  • Our Park

For more details please click here to visit the alternativeTheatre website.

New Writing - Interior World
An exploration, through books/poems/sonnets, shining a light on the interior forces that drove the work of Shakespeare. We do this by taking lines in plays written by Shakespeare and re-imagine them from the Point of View of the interior world, and in doing so maybe helping develop Shakespeare beyond what he himself achieved. 
  • Antony & Cleopatra Unto Death - The Book
  • Romeo & Juliet: The Confessions - The Book
  • King Lear (alone) - The Book
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