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Living Shakespeare

Living Shakespeare is the second focus of our work, and the emphasis here is getting to a better understanding of Shakespeare's work, both for our own work and also for anyone who is interested in what Shakespeare can offer us.


This is handled in the following ways:

Podcasts - To go live in 2022

A particular Shakespeare play is explored, and over a series of podcast episodes, we connect with the inner workings of the play, the processes behind our work, and the alternativeShakespeare plays that have come to life over the last 20 years. More details to follow.

Workshops - 2012 to 2020

A series of one day workshops held in spaces throughout Birmingham (Blue Orange Theatre, Old Joint Stock Theatre, theWorkshop, St.Paul's Church).


Topics have included:-


  • Speaking not Speeching Shakespeare

  • Hamlet: underneath the text

  • Women in Hamlet

  • King Lear: Cordelia & the Fool

  • Shakespeare stripped back

  • NTI Workshops-New Drama inspired by Shakespeare


Play Reading sessions - 2015 to 2020

We met weekly, first in St.Paul's Church and then at the Birmingham & Midland Institute. At every session we workshopped and read Shakespeare's plays, each person taking turns reading a character's 'thought'. At the end of each beat we discussed what we have found, any problems, how Shakespeare goes about his craft, what the lines say to us individually etc. We encouraged everyone to relate the words to their own personal and society experiences.

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