Thursday, 26 August 2010

Emergency Shakespeare!

The Alternative Village Fete takes place at the South Bank on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th as part of the National Theatre's Watch This Space programme. It's organised by the brilliantly creative Home Live Art and it's free.

One of the things I'm most looking forward to is Theatre 1623's Emergency Shakespeare! which presents four scenes from Shakespeare with an intriguing twist: with the aid of St John Ambulance, they intervene to save the characters involved.

Each scene lasts about twenty minutes as Ophelia is dragged out of the Thames, Othello's epilepsy receives expert attention, Leontes gets some help for his panic attack and the tomb scene from Romeo and Juliet becomes a multiple emergency scenario. It sounds fantastic.

5 comments:

Suzie Bee said...

Curses! I am to be away this weekend. But this sounds brilliant - I love it when people do fun things with Shakespeare. It's all so old hat now that a production really needs to do it incredibly well or do something startlingly new for it to have much appeal for me.

Incidentally, I have posted your interview. Thank you again! http://interviewmecambridge.blogspot.com/2010/08/helen-smith-writer.html

Helen Smith said...

Thanks for the interview.

Theatre 1623 are based in Derby so, though I have been following news of their productions for a while on Facebook, this is the first time I'll get the chance to see anything of theirs - all their productions look interesting.

lisa :) said...

What a clever and fun idea! Wishing yet again that I was on *that* side of the Atlantic!

Fran said...

That is such a fab idea. I'm going to steal it for when I'm teaching Shakespeare. The kids would love the idea of rescuing the poor characters from this play they probably didn't even want to be in in the first place!

Helen Smith said...

It's a really good idea, isn't it!