1623 and Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site present
Pyramus and Thisbe

Pyramus © 1623Tuesday 19 July 2016 
1-3pm (workshop) at Strutt's North Mill, Belper DE56 1YD
4-4.30pm and 6-6.30pm (performances) starting at Strutt's Mill and moving through Belper River Gardens

A participatory workshop and public performances

"This green plot shall be our stage"
: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Join Peter Quince's theatrical troupe as he rehearses his tragic new play about forbidden lovers, Pyramus and Thisbe. You'll be cast in a part or given a costume to make as North Mill basement turns into a hive of theatrical activity. Just two hours to get the show ready for performance?

THE PERFORMANCES - 4-4.30pm and 6-6.30pm
Be prepared for an hilarious take on the ancient love story of Pyramus and Thisbe, as told by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and performed by people from Belper and the local area. The performers have had just two hours to get the show ready for you. What would possibly go wrong?!

The promenade performances start at North Mill and move on through Belper River Gardens. 

: No charge and free refreshments for workshop participants
: Tickets £4 adults, £2 children to watch one of the performances
: Call 01773 880474 to book your workshop place or performance ticket

Read A Midsummer Night's Dream online with the Folger Library
: Listen to a radio production of the play 
: Join our Sharing Shakespeare Facebook group


1623 and QUAD present
Shakespeare Masterclass


Shakespeare Masterclass © 1623Friday 21 October 2016
10am to 5pm at QUAD, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AS 

Intensive one-day course for actors

"Suit the action to the word"
: Hamlet

Join Ben Spiller, artistic director of 1623 theatre company, and 1623 associate artists to bring Shakespeare's plays to life on stage and screen 400 years after his death.

You will develop the skills needed to perform Shakespeare for theatre, film, TV and online audiences. We will look closely at a selection of Shakespeare's texts for vocal and physical clues in soliloquies, monologues, 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.

This masterclass is for actors at all stages of their careers, as well as students of drama, theatre, film and media.  Please wear loose clothing and trainers. Come with an open mind and lots of energy.

: Tickets are £50 full price and £40 concessions
: Call QUAD on 01332 290606 to book
: Online booking coming soon

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1623 theatre company presents

Lear/Cordelia © PictographikFriday 14 October (8pm) and Saturday 15 October 2016 (2.30pm and 7.30pm) at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester LE1 7HA  

Friday 18 (8pm) and Saturday 19 November 2016 (2pm and 8pm) at Derby Theatre Studio, Derby DE1 2NF

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 betrayed 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 woman 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. 

: Farrah Chaudhry Cordelia playwright
: Eleanor Field set and costume designer
: Louie Ingham Cordelia director
: Christopher Lydon sound and music 
: Darius Powell digital artist 
: Ben Spiller Lear dramaturg and director

: Attenborough Arts Centre on Saturday 15 October at 2.30pm
: Derby Theatre Studio on Saturday 19 November at 2pm
These performances are tailored for people living with dementia, their carers, families and friends. Audiences have the opportunity to meet the cast before the show. Auditorium doors are open and houselights are on throughout the performance. The cast and creative team are around for a chat after the show.

: Attenborough Arts Centre on Friday 14 October 2016 at 8pm
: Derby Theatre on Friday 18 November 2016 at 8pm

: Streamed live from Attenborough Arts Centre on Friday 14 October 2016 at 8pm

: Attenborough Arts Centre on Friday 14 October 2016 at 8pm
: Derby Theatre on Friday 18 November 2016 at 8pm 

: Lear's Memory Box storymaking sessions for people living with dementia (details coming soon)
: Digital Shakespeare acting and design workshops for schools, colleges and youth theatres at both venues (details coming soon)

: Attenborough Arts Centre performances - for tickets, call Box Office on 0116 252 2455 or click here to book online
: Derby Theatre Studio performances - for tickets, call Box Office on 01332 593939 or click here to book online
 Lear's Memory Box sessions - to enquire, call Shane Lynch on 01332 285434 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
: Digital Shakespeare workshops - to enquire, call Jamie Brown on 01332 285434 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Find out all about our research into King Lear and dementia 
Read our press release on Arts Council England funding news

Lear/Cordelia is supported by
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