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Write a Shakespeare letter quest

Read a letter in our Sharing Shakespeare digital fringe festival

The Shakespeare in Italy Sharing Shakespeare digital fringe festival is linking up to the Letters Live #ReadALetter project. Contributors are being asked to write a letter from a Shakespeare character or a character inspired by one of his plays and then read it online with members of the company on Tuesday at 4pm. It is open to all and recordings of all the letters will be sent to the project. If the writer/contributor does not want to read the letter themselves then one of our members will read it for them.

Company Associate (Development) Collette Parker said: "Be as imaginative as you like as long as the letter brings comfort and joy during this period when we are all trying to stay connected. Letters so far include one from Mrs Bottom and confusion over something she hears during her husband’s rehearsal for a show, a court steward living with restrictions due to plague in Venice and witnessing a bizarre case involving a pound of flesh, and Beatrice writing to a friend about living in isolation during wartime and her secret love."

To join in register through the link below, make a donation, however small it will be gratefully received.…

If you would like to support our programme we have a justGiving page

To help achieve our aim of enhancing experience of Shakespeare and drama for the benefit of all, we have launched out new JustGiving page. Please visit the page via the link below to find out how you can help.

The culture and politics of Italy had a profound effect on Shakespeare’s drama. We explore this combining an exciting mix of British realism, Italian intensity and commedia in our work. This is a unique approach, unlocking the plays for new audiences and cultures in the UK, Italy and beyond. 

Since lockdown began during the current crisis we are all facing, members of our UK-based charity have been thinking and planning how we can stay connected. We can’t physically be with you performing and doing workshops in the community, but we can still be imaginative and creative across the waves with the words and drama of our greatest ever playwright. Currently much of our work is taking place online through our Sharing Shakespeare digital platform. Our Sharing Shakespeare Digital Fringe Festival starts tomorrow with a programme of classes, activities, and screenings online through social media. We also have plans for our Sharing Shakespeare Knock Knock! Who's There? online project working with vulnerable sectors of our communities for which we are currently raising funds.

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