All the world’s a stage with Perse Players Shakespeare Project launch
23 Apr 2021
An ambitious Perse Players project weaving together strands of Shakespeare is being launched on the Bard’s 457th birthday today.
Overseen by Andrew Pritchard, Theatre Practitioner in Residence, The Shakespeare Project will provide a lasting online showcase of Perse pupils’ acting ability, featuring work from and inspired by the iconic playwright’s plays, poems and sonnets.
The creative hub will develop over three stages, with the initial launch featuring 65 of Shakespeare’s monologues and soliloquies from across his comedies, tragedies and histories, performed by more than 40 young actors on camera at home during lockdown.
Mr Pritchard said: “The idea is to develop a website that will allow students to explore acting, singing, dancing and the technical arts, while also celebrating each other’s work, and offering audiences a unique opportunity to engage with Shakespeare.”
The Shakespeare Project will be updated on a regular basis, with the second tranche ‘Shakespeare in Performance’ set to include abridged digital productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V and Macbeth, a Julius Caesar response project and a dance performance based on Romeo & Juliet.
The final section, Backstage Shakespeare, will highlight the technical side of putting together a theoretical production of Othello.
Mr Pritchard, who hopes The Shakespeare Project will become an ongoing initiative, was pleased with how Perse Players actors had responded to the programme.
He said: “It’s been a creative journey for them and it’s meant a change in perspective, but the feedback has been really positive.”
To request access to The Shakespeare Project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org