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Yep, 'fraid our 'witches scene' was rather silly

Yep, ‘fraid our ‘witches scene’ was rather silly

Whilst I was running a youth theatre a few years back I was asked if we could do something for ‘Shakespeare Day’…. Well yes, but no time to get a full length play together. People were doing things in and around the town on the day in question. Sonnets in the teashop, that sort of thing.
Scenes from Shakespeare? Well, possibly I thought…
But then … why not have all the classic bits that lots of people would know on a menu and place the menu on tables in the local theatre foyer when it was open on Saturday morning (shakespeare Day in fact). Along with coffee and cake the customers can choose a short scene, famous soliloquy or adapted or related extract (could be a song related to Shakespeare, a comedy sketch etc). Get a band of suitably robust players together, a few different hats and props and they can spend 2 hours (or so) going from table to table performing requests and raising some funds at the same time (take the hat round). Our trusty band of players were kept fully occupied for 2 hours and we had to get an order system going! Great fun and (of course) you can do it with any sort of material at all. Favourite bits? Macbeth’s witches went down rather well…
Make up your own menu to suit the occasion and get your travelling players going from table to table!

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A few years ago we made a film called ‘Shakespeare Day’. A group of people chance upon an event called (spookily) ‘Shakespeare Day’. On entering and playing around with the plastic props and cheesey costumes they start to merge with scenes from Shakespeare (oo-err) depending on their real life situations (the couple who fancy each other end up playing out scenes from Romeo & Juliet for example). So scenes from Shakespeare are linked with the scenes of the group enjoying the outdoor event and we filmed these without sound & put them to the wonderful music of Kevin Macleod from incompetech.com – a fantastic resource of music to accompany films, videos and live performance.
In this clip two of the group emerge from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ scene to find that one of the lads (who obviously fancies himself as a Shakespearean King) is leading the group in a Tai Chi sequence based on famous lines from various plays … see if you can guess what they are!

MUSIC CREDIT: Ghostpocalypse – 8 Epilog by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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