What is he?
Historians, biographers, and other specialists have all sorts of different answers to this question. These responses are filled with details that link back to the 37 (more? less?) plays that bear his name; plus his sonnets; and his birthplace; and his theatre and playing company; and and and. With a man and his work that are both over 400 years old, there is a lot of detail to take in and process. What I believe lies at the heart of this playwright is the current of energy that continues to emanate from Shakespeare’s work – an energy that excites, captivates, and connects: an energy that brought up to 3000 audience members at a time into his theatre, and a force that made those 1000 in his audience that were standing in the yard forget their tired legs. This same energy got his company invited regularly (and more than any other) to perform for the Queen and later King. But here we are, again, getting lost in detail.
The aim of this Boot Camp is to explore this energy. To do this, we’re going against the current of digging deep, of getting lost in detail and overemphasizing the greatness of Shakespeare and his works. Instead, we want to stay light and playful, and to simply scrape the surface. We want to see the spontaneous combustion that occurs when audience meets actors meets scenes and monologues of Shakespeare. There’s no set, no costume, no overburdening of thought. But there will be play, there will be words, action, song, maybe dance, all born out of spontaneous invention (with just a touch of preparation) and you are invited to partake – to watch, listen, observe, maybe get up and join in (no pressure), but above all to have fun and enjoy!
And if you do note a shift and change within you between entering our revels and leaving, then stay for a drink and share your thoughts with us, the contributing artists, and your fellow spectators!
I hope you can make it - Tickets are still available! See you there.
Director - Two Gents Productions