Creating A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Clapham

Theatre is a living and breathing medium, language a lively form, and Shakespeare a playwright for all times. Yet too often it can be stifling, rigid, and uniform as it follows rules and plays at being ‘proper.’ But when it comes to seeing an art form you know well, it’s not enough just to haveContinue reading “Creating A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Clapham”

Review: Much Ado About Nothing @ Selfridge’s The reFASHIONed Theatre

Read the original post on State of the Arts Shakespeare Refashioned, Selfridges’ conflation of culture and consumerism (although have the two ever really been separate?) have added Much Ado About Nothing to their innovative programme of events that aim to both celebrate the Bard, and make him accessible to everyone in a riotous production craftedContinue reading “Review: Much Ado About Nothing @ Selfridge’s The reFASHIONed Theatre”

Bibliotherapy with the Bard

I’m utterly convinced of the power of words. As one of the speakers at 5×15’s Shakespearean Bibliotherapy at Selfridges said at the event, not only do I often feel that literature ‘speaks to me’ but it ‘speaks to me,’ on an intensely personal and profound level. The event followed a different format than 5×15’s usual,Continue reading “Bibliotherapy with the Bard”

Gender Reversed A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Review

A stage coated in dead leaves, a bright faced woman proffering coats to the audience, and a silence. This is the Forest of Eden, where strange and magical things can happen. Spirits frolic in the woods, love potions turn people mad and a donkey’s ears start growing from a man’s head. And it’s not theContinue reading “Gender Reversed A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Review”

Shakespeare – in reverse: Challenging gender stereotypes

It’s difficult to describe the concept of The Reversed Shakespeare Company’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that doesn’t sound like a Blur song. A play about the relationship between a boy and a girl, written by a boy, played by a company of boys originally, but now with a more gender balanced castContinue reading “Shakespeare – in reverse: Challenging gender stereotypes”