1623 and Steps for the Future present
Much Ado About Steps
Saturday 18 June 2016
2pm and 7.30pm at Deda, Chapel Street, Derby DE1 3GU
An energetic new 15-minute show as part of Steptacular
"A star danced and under that was I born"
: Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing
Following Macbeth last year, we're delighted to be teaming up again with Steps For The Future, a fantastic performing arts academy for adults with learning differences, to bring you a brilliant new adaptation of another Shakespeare play.
Steps will invite you into the show and take you through the twists and turns of Shakespeare's play. There will be audience participation, too, of course. This is Shakespeare as you've never seen it before, the Steps way! Part of Steptacular, which also features music, singing and dance.
Much Ado About Steps is directed by 1623 participation coordinator Shane Lynch.
: Tickets for Steptacular are available from Deda on 01332 370911
1623 and Derby Theatre present
WORKSHOP ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Friday 24 June 2016
7.30-9.30pm at Derby Theatre, St Peter's Quarter, Derby DE1 2NF
A participatory workshop for everyone
"The course of true love never did run smooth"
Explore the plot, characters and themes of A Midsummer Night's Dream - probably Shakespeare's best-loved comedy play - through activities run by 1623 participation coordinator Shane Lynch.
: Read A Midsummer Night's Dream online with the Folger Library
: Radio production of the play coming soon
: Join our Sharing Shakespeare Facebook group
1623 theatre company presents
ACTING ON STAGE AND SCREEN
July 2016 (date to be confirmed)
10am to 4.30pm at QUAD, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AS
Intensive one-day course for actors
"Suit the action to the word"
Develop your skills and top-up your knowledge with Ben Spiller, 1623 artistic director, and our associate artists as we work together to bring Shakespeare to life 400 years after his death.
We'll work together to look for vocal and physical clues in a range of soliloquies, duologues and scenes before trying out ways of putting them into practice. The focus of the masterclass will be on the major differences between acting Shakespeare for stage and screen.
Please wear loose clothing and trainers. Come with an open mind and lots of energy.
: Coming soon
1623 theatre company presents
Autumn 2016 (dates tbc)
Attenborough Arts Centre Studio, Leicester
Derby Theatre Studio
A double-bill of Shakespeare and new writing
"I should know you"
: King Lear
Lear has dementia. His children never visit him. He forbids it, ever since they disobeyed him and he disowned them many years ago. So what happens when Cordelia - his youngest, whose betrayal was the greatest - knocks on his door? Why has she come back? What's her story? And is there any chance of reconciliation?
Lear/Cordelia is an experimental double-bill: a radical reworking of Shakespeare's King Lear followed by Cordelia, a new play from the perspective of Lear's youngest daughter.
Digital projection-mapping combines with Shakespeare and new writing to open up the emotional landscapes of a man with dementia and the daughter who tries to reconnect with him.
Lear/Cordelia pilot production is based on our research-and-development project that explored King Lear in the context of dementia through participatory research. Find out more about the project by clicking here.
: Farrah Chaudhry Cordelia playwright
: Eleanor Field set and costume designer
: Christopher Lydon sound and music
: Darius Powell digital artist
: William Shakespeare Lear playwright
: Ben Spiller Lear dramaturg and director
: Relaxed performance at both venues for people living with dementia, their carers and/or families (details coming soon)
: BSL-interpreted performance at each venue (details coming soon)
: Live-streamed performance online with Pilot Theatre at one venue (details coming soon)
LEARNING AND PARTICIPATION
: Digital Shakespeare workshops for schools and colleges at both venues (details coming soon)
: Shakespeare Storymaking workshops for people living with dementia (details coming soon)