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#Masterclass video with #BillAlexander at #PlaygroundTheatre March 2nd 2020 on #TheMerchantofVenice just before lockdown

With #DramaStudio graduates #CarolineOliver #OliviaGosling #LachlanForlong #ConnorSheridan

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In preparation for Bill Alexander's production of his #6character version that he is calling A Merchant of Venice, on 02/03/2020 he led a public masterclass on Shakespeare's text at The Playground Theatre in Latimer Road London W10. 

4 recent Drama Studio graduates took part - Connor Sheridan, Lachlan Forlong, Olivia Gosling and Caroline Oliver

Enjoy!

#TheMerchantofVenice #DramaStudio #HonoraryAssociateArtistRSC #BillAlexander #BeforeCovid #beforefirstlockdown

#HonoraryAssociateArtistBillAlexander #ThePlaygroundTheatre

‘Daffodils, that come before the swallow dares, and take the winds of March with beauty’

We have a spring in our step and are feeling as mad as March hares with exciting activities to keep you buzzing, creative and connected

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  • Talking Shakespeare – We are excited that Dame Janet Suzman will be joining us once again on Monday evenings for a two-parter on March 22 and 29 
  • Cleo and the boys – Janet will be with us to mark Shakespeare’s birthday at 7pm on April 23 with her fascinating talk, an unconventional take on Antony and Cleopatra. 
  • Lockdown, Taboo and You – members of the company and invited actors will present a rehearsed reading of the four finalists in our play writing competition March 11th
  • Read-a-long and Tame the Shrew – Join members of the company on Tuesday evenings, beginning March 16, 23 and 30th

For booking information follow this link. There is also an option for one ticket to all seven events for £25. Otherwise each event is individually priced.  https://www.trybooking.com/uk/eventlist/shakespeareinitaly

#BBCNewnight interview with actor #CyrilNri re: new visa requirements for theatre professionals working in #EU

An interview with actor #CyrilNri re: current bureaucratic requirements for theatre professionals and musicians working in #EU

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A letter has been sent to Boris Johnson by #Equity members to express the impossibly high cost of now working in EU as an actor, musician, dancer etc since #Brexit visa regulations came into force. Cyril mentions Shakespeare in Italy and the affect this will have on small companies. 

"Shakespeare in Italy takes directors like Bill Alexander to do workshops in Italy, taking Shakepseare and spreading our culture and yet this is being killed at the knees. This is not about your Benedict Cumberbatches and the Tom Hiddlestones, this is about where we find the next Daniel Kaluuyas, the Michaela Coels, the Kingsley Ben-Adirs, we need places where companies like this can travel. Spending £100 on visas for travel will make it economically impossible for small companies. 

"People are going to stop employing us and we are going to lose a cultural exchange and the ability to bring in huge amounts of revenue into this country and develop the actors of the future. There are 47,000 members of Equity, and 43 per cent said they were being affected by the rules seeping in plus with the double whammy of the pandemic the effect is huge."


Please see Cyril's interview. https://mobile.twitter.com/BBCNewsnight/status/1361818482111893510?s=20

 

Ian McKellen and Julie Walters join stars to call for visa-free touring

Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Julie Walters are among more than 100 names who have signed a letter to Boris Johnson, warning that visa rules for European touring will deal a “disastrous blow” to the industry.


#Equity #BillAlexander #EnglishSpeakingTheatreofVienna
#actorsabroad #actorsinEU #touringinEU #IanMcKellen #patron #PatrickStewart #JulieWalters #BorisJohnson #disastrounsblow

#DailyTelegraph article ' Feeling blue? You need some Shakespeare ' by #ClaireAllfree 05/02/2021

The therapeutic qualities of our greatest playwright can offer solace in our current crisis

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An article by journalist Claire Allfree in Daily Telegraph 05/02/2021 about the restorative power of Shakespeare and our company, Shakespeare in Italy.

'There is a great comfort, even a shared humanity, to be found in the shock of recognition you can get from his plays.'


https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/feeling-blue-need-dose-shakespeare/amp/

Play writing competition Lockdown Taboo and You is now launched!

£200 prize for winning entry

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Our Playwriting Competition is now open! Please send your entries to collette@shakespeareinitaly.org.uk with a chance to win £200

- 15 minute short play, comedy or drama based on experience of the current pandemic

- can refer to Shakespearean or historic characters if you wish but in a contemporary setting and is by no means essential

- submission deadline February 26th

- four finalists will be chosen and feature in a ticketed online rehearsed reading by members of our company on March 11

thank you to our partners Props Mental Health and all our sponsors in helping us to keep you creative and connected

@PropsMHealth #playwriting #playwritingcompetition #playwrights #cashprize #15minutedrama #15minutecomedy #writingnow #competition

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