THE PERFORMANCE

Our performance has a simple yet effective structure.

– After the success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2013, this year we bring you As You Like It – widely accepted as one of his finest comedies – A hilarious romance complete with cross dressed women and wrestling matches not to mention beautiful prose, verse and song.- A team of five actors.

– The performance lasts approx. 80 minutes. The language from Shakespeare’s original texts remains unchanged, though we do shorten the play to fit our structure.

– The excerpts are strung together by ‘sutradhars’, who carry the thread of the plot and also play a crucial role in making the text more accessible to the students.

– Minimalistic sets and props. No stage lighting. Our endeavour is to engage our audience by exciting their imaginations.

– We prefer not to perform in large proscenium spaces. An intimate setting with a maximum of 200-250 students seated around a demarcated performance space (perhaps on the floor) is ideal. The aim is to make the students feel involved in the action and not distance them. We are open to experimenting with different performance spaces.

– We recommend that the show be opened to students from class VI right up to class XII.

What we offer

In addition to the performance we also offer a fascinating interactive talk that takes the students on a journey through time back to the Elizabethan age, in an attempt to unravel the mysteries of the bard and why the world is still so obsessed with him 400 years on.

The talk is structured into two 60-80 minute sessions over two days. This is the basic outline of the module and most of everything it will cover:
1) Re-considering Shakespeare as a sixteenth century jobbing playwright and not just the figure of literary divinity he has become.
2) The Elizabethan tradition and culture of the theatre – a comparison between the experience of the theatre goer then and now.
3) The Elizabethan tradition of performance – what it meant to be an actor in England 400 years ago.
4) The Globe theatre – a brief look at the experience of the audience as well as the actors at the Globe theatre in London – the theatre where a lot of Shakespeare’s plays were written to be performed. A basic understanding of the Globe gives us amazing insights into the texts themselves.
5) A brief look at the writing styles employed by Shakespeare – prose and verse, Iambic pentameter, sonnets etc. and why he used what he used when he used it.
6) Finally, in the second session, applying all of these learnings to a specific Shakespeare text – we recommend Macbeth. It is amazing to see how even a brief and rudimentary understanding of Shakespeare within the context of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, can suddenly open up a text in myriad ways previously unimaginable!

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