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Cleo & the Boys: Dame Janet Suzman; If Music be the Food of Love/Free Your Voice: Sarah Sayeed

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BOOKING INFORMATION: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/eventlist/shakespeareinitaly 

Cleopatra and the Boys 23 April

An unconventional take on a unique play -

With Dame Janet Suzman

If Music Be the Food of Love 21 April

With musician, vocal artist, composer & writer

Sarah Sayeed

Free Your Voice 28 April

Sarah Sayeed focusing on expression, intent and clarity

With extracts from Shakespeare texts
 

#Welcome e #benvenuto! - the theatre director #IqbalKhan joins us at Shakespeare in Italy as a new #Trustee - Hooray!

We're thrilled to have Iqbal on the Board - he'll make an invaluable contribution given his acclaimed background as a director - please see below for his biog.

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Iqbal Khan is a freelance Theatre Director.

Productions at the RSC include acclaimed versions of Tartuffe, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello and Much Ado About Nothing (also the West End).

Other work includes Educating Rita, Oleanna, Rafta Rafta, Perfect Days & Beautiful Thing (Bolton Octagon)

Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe); Shakespeare at the Bowl (collaboration between LA Philharmonic & BBCSO at the Hollywood Bowl & Barbican); The Wildman of the West Indies (Donizetti opera for ETO, Hackney Empire & National Tour); Treemonisha (Pegasus Opera); The Importance of Being Earnest:The Musical (Riverside Studios)

The Killing of Sister George (West End); Broken Glass (Tricycle/West End); A Slight Ache & Landscape (National Theatre);

Snookered (Tamasha/Oldham Coliseum/Bush/UK tour): A Christmas Carol/ Romeo & Juliet/ The Tempest/ Merchant of Venice (Box Clever); East is East (Birmingham Rep); The Last Photograph (Edinburgh Festival); Otello (Birmingham Opera Company); Simply Cinderella (Curve); Too Close to Home (Lyric Hammersmith/Library Theatre); Madama Butterfly (Lyric Hammersmith/Minack)

Iqbal has worked extensively in Drama Schools including RWCMD, LAMDA, RADA & BSD. He has directed in Paris, Japan (awarded a year long prestigious fellowship, based in Tokyo), he’s had residencies and delivered lectures at Michigan State, La Fayette, Nanjing, and, most recently, was the Michael Douglas Visiting Artist at UC Santa Barbara.

Iqbal has an MA (Distinction) in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University, was awarded a RYTDS bursary, based at Leicester Haymarket, trained on the National Theatre Studio directors’ course and was, most recently, made an Honorary Doctor of Arts by De Montfort University.

Please see quote from Iqbal below.
#RSC #Tartuffe #BoltonOctagon #ShakespearesGlobe #HackneyEmpire #theatredirector #RWCMD #LAMDA #RADA #BSD #BirminghamRep #BoxCleverTheatre Co

 

Lockdown Taboo and You (2) Short-Listed Plays

Come along and listen to some of the short-listed plays

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Following the success of our rehearsed readings of the four finalists in our short play writing competition, there is now a chance to hear a rehearsed reading of the five plays short-listed, which only just missed the final. In association with Props Mental Health, keeping you creative and connected.

On Friday 19 March 2021 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

https://www.trybooking.com/uk/eventlist/shakespeareinitaly 

 

And the winner is - Mark Daniels for 'Coronavirus - A Great British Farce' - bravura, absurdist writing - KEEP THEATRE ALIVE!

In association with #PropsMentalHealth our #short #playwriting #competition final last night with 4 plays for the judges to choose from.

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Well done and richly deserved Mark!

Superby well acted by Martin Nicholls and Lachlan Forlong who joined us from #NewZealand.

One of the finalists zoomed in from #California, Stephanie D Lewis for her play The View from the Middle.

Jon Platten's Black Dogs and Danish Men won plaudits as did Rock, Paper, Scissors by Rebecca Colmer.

Other actors featured were - Ruby Campbell  Ida Casilli  Mary Chater  Tiffany Parker  Emily Rayner  Florence Roberts

Martin Vaughan Lewis  Paul Westwood



It was a close run thing as the writing was forensically observed, absurdist and poetic in the four selected - such a difficult choice had to be made.
Several more potential finalists' plays will be read on Friday #March19th. They are also extremely accomplished pieces of writing.

A #review of the plays by #SimonJenner is below. #itsgoodtotalk #teamwork

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