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12. Legacy Closing Weekend: Exploring Shakespeare in Black Theatre- 7th October 2017

Legacy Closing Weekend: Exploring Shakespeare in Black Theatre

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Photography by ALISON LEWIS Photography. Copyright 2017

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Legacy Closing Weekend: Exploring Shakespeare in Black Theatre

Join Lyrici Arts and Medway Libraries at the closing of the ten-month ‘Legacy’ project!

2016 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare so in celebration of this the Legacy closing weekend featured national actor Wil Johnson, and Royal Shakespeare Company Assistant Director, Anthony Ekundayo Lennon, as they gave an insight into their BME acting and directing careers inspired by productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Children's activities were also available.

In the morning participants took part in an acting workshop with Anthony, as he demonstrated some of the direction techniques he used during the RSC’s 2015 production of Othello. Children took part in an arts craft session to make and decorate a King Lear crown, and in a drama workshop.

During the afternoon audiences experienced an intimate talk and Q+A session with Wil Johnson and Anthony Ekundayo Lennon about Shakespeare in Black Theatre.  Wil also gave a live performance from his role as the Earl of Kent in Talawa Theatre’s production of King Lear.

To end the day and conclude the Legacy project, audiences joined us to look back at some of the highlights of the programme and to ask any burning questions to the key project leaders, before grooving to a live reggae set by The Vanbrugh Hill Music Syndicate with a selection of Caribbean canapes and drinks.

For session timings please see below.

* This event is BSL interpreted *

Ages: All ages welcome

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Shakespeare's Royal Company - The Original Game of Thrones

 

 

Children's drama workshop by Bindlestick Theatre Company.

Ever wondered what it might be like to be a King or Queen? Dreamt about sitting on the Royal Throne?

Well dream no more! Come and explore Shakespeare's royal characters and delve into the world of what it takes to keep your crown in this highly energetic and interactive 45 minute workshop.

Who will be Crowned at the end? Who will conquer? What kind of ruler will you be? Will your subjects bend the knee? Are there even any dragons?

Timings:

10- 10.20am: Crafts: Make A Crown crafts

10.20- 11.05am: Drama workshop

11.05- 11.30: Crafts: Make A Crown crafts

Ages 5 -11yrs.

*This event was BSL interpreted by Christopher Sacre of See & Create *

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Othello- Adult's workshop with Anthony Ekundayo Lennon

After a moment of warming up consisting of a selection of exercises and games we will be introduced to two pieces of text. A scene from Sir Thomas More which scholars agree Shakespeare had some involvement with creating, and a scene from Othello.

Anthony will work on one specific moment from Othello. The words of Desdemona while confiding in Iago about her plight; expressing her love for a man that she feels she has ‘lost’. A totally committed attempt at expressing her feelings to the very same man that is destroying her relationship.

The aim of the session will be to play, enjoy exploration and gain a sense of ownership of so-called ‘classic’ writing in a way that will hopefully lead to participants going on to seek out similar writing and also think about doing some writing themselves.

10- 11.30am

Age 16+

*This event was BSL interpreted by Esther Rose Thomas and Karen Newby*

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Talk and Q+A session about Shakespeare in Black Theatre

Wil will give a live performance from his role as the Earl of Kent in Talawa Theatre’s production of King Lear. Anthony will also speak about his experience of being the assistant and resident director on the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Othello working with director Iqbal Khan and actors Joanna Vanderham, Hugh Quarshie and Lucian Msamati.

11.45am- 12.45pm

All ages

*This event was BSL interpreted by Esther Rose Thomas and Karen Newby*

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Music and Food

A live reggae set by The Vanbrugh Hill Music Syndicate with a selection of Caribbean canapes and drinks by The Sundial Spice Cafe.

1-2pm

All ages



This was a really great introduction to Shakespeare for little ones
— Robyn
Really fun atmosphere, great music. All your events are brilliant 5/5 *****
— Dan