Women's Series - A Celebration of New Writing
Join us for the first in a series of virtual play readings #actors #actorslife #newplays #playreadings #femaleplaywrights
We are very excited to announce that the young internationally-produced and competition winning playwright Rebekah King is to kick off our latest online digital festival with her play The Lady's Mad. The festival Pester, Tease, Amuse and Trouble will feature new and rare plays by women writers over forthcoming weeks. (Don't worry we will also be spotlighting work by writers of all sexes - watch this space )
Set in 1645, "The Lady's Mad" is the story of a war of wits and wills that unfolds between two extraordinary women on opposite sides of the English civil war. Using characters who are composites of real people, the play seeks to illuminate the hidden history of female involvement in this tumultuous period of history. The play also makes extensive use of early modern stage conventions studied during the author's two masters degrees in English Literature 1550-1700 (Oxford) and Shakespeare and Creativity (Birmingham with the Royal Shakespeare Company). Use of a thrust stage, soliloquy, poetic speech and other Shakespearean techniques are experimented with here, adapted for a modern audience. The play premiered in Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried, and was one of four finalists for the 2020 Questors Student Playwriting Award.
Come along and read, discuss, or just listen. There will be a short introduction from Rebekah as she will be joining us for the session. All we ask is a small donation whatever you can afford to help us continuing our work online.
Sharing Shakespeare is part of the Shakespeare in Italy Theatre Company, a charity dedicated to advancing drama for the benefit of all. 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 through performance, education and outreach.
We are planning workshops and tutorials based on our annual summer schools that have we have been holding for two weeks in Italy since 2014 and reaching out to vulnerable communities through our community project Knock, Knock! Who’s There?
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