The origins of the company. In 2007, actors Julian Curry and Mary Chater moved to Marche in central Italy to have an adventure. They had fallen in love with the unspoilt beauty of Urbino and the surrounding countryside in 2003 and the next year bought a ruined farm house – ‘una casa colonica’ where the farmers had lived on the first floor with their animals below. The building took 14 months to renovate and during that time they lived in an adjacent flat to be on site during the work.
Mary spoke no Italian but began to pick it up from the builders, plumber, electrician etc whereas Julian could speak some. In the local town Fermignano, nobody spoke English so they had to learn asap!
Initially Julian was working in London and writing Shakespeare on Stage Vol 1 - a series of interviews with star actors on a specific role in a specific production. Mary taught English using Shakespeare and theatre in local schools. They were introduced to Sandro Pascucci who had managed and run theatres in the North and centre of Italy for many years.
The Marche region has over 80 beautiful period theatres and this whet their collective appetites to try and form a company - Italy and it's essence was a fundamental part of Shakespeare's imaginative and creative genius - whether he ever visited the country no one knows. What we do know is that without Italy there would be no Shakespeare - the Classical writers from Ancient Rome and Greece informed his early education and he 'stole' stories from them and later tales in the popular Italian culture of the day.
The three, Sandro, Julian and Mary formed 'un associazione culturale - no profit' and were invited to run a summer school at Urbino University in 2014. This is how the company began.