#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.'

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 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

#Workshop with #DameJanetSuzman Feb 8th - Shakespeare and Manias

This will explore #melancholy and #mania focusing on the perennially Eeyorish Jaques in As You Like It & the unrepentent psychopath Iago in Othello.

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This workshop is the second Shakespeare in Italy is running in partnership with PropsMental Health @PropsMHealth for our 15 minute playwriting competition 'Lockdown, Taboo and You.' for info re: submissions etc

Suzman knows better than most it is partly the full throttle, no holds barred poetry of Shakespeare that, for modern readers, makes him such an effective lightning rod for the soul.
"The Elizabethans weren't frightened of words in the way we are today," says Suzman. " We've reduced language to the size of a Tweet, and use banal little emoticons to express very complex feelings. Whereas Shakespeare is a black piste writer; all his characters are on a precipice."
Of course, Shakespeare would never have heard the words "mental health" bandied about in Elizabethan England. Suzman dismisses the term entirely believing it, " far too bland an expression to use in relation to a writer who is the most exciting to have ever lived."

#playwrighting #tips shared with us by #DrEmilyGarside for #competition 'Lockdown, Taboo and You

After her excellent workshop on #February 1st on #playwrighting, Emily has shared a pdf stuffed full of #helpful #advice

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Dr Emily Garside has masses of experience as a writer in different fields - please see a brief summary of her work.

Emily trained in Montreal and at RADA before doing a PhD which looked at theatrical responses to the AIDS crisis and the evolution of LGBTQ+ theatre. She teaches at the University of Wolverhampton, Bishopsgate Institute and runs courses for London Playwrights. As a theatre critic and journalist Emily writes regularly for The Queer Review, American Theatre, Wales Arts Review and many others.