Shakespeare’s best from comfort of your home

A GREAT chance to escape the outside world and be entertained as well as offering a good way to learn Shakespeare, a group of talented actors is performing The Bard online and sparking the emerging genre of videoconference theatre.

After a rewarding run bringing 11 of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays to 50,000 viewers over just 14 weeks, the online theatre company is set to reach the next stage of free online streamed performances of the Bard’s work!
With music videos, virtual sets, costumes, props, special effects, original music – often played live by cast members – and a dazzling command of multiple broadcasting software applications, Streamed Shakespeare has been a hugely innovative, bright light amid the potential gloom of Covid-19 Arts lockdown.
All players are performing in their own homes, with designers performing their virtual magic to create the impression they are all in the same space.
Estimating there are about 30 or 40 actors involved with a range of others in a technical, design or management capacity, a spokesperson says their ‘labour of love’ is proving so popular that there is talk of mounting it for real when the lockdown ends.
“When Covid-19 struck, some received the double blow of losing their day job as well as their night performance work in independent theatre but ‘StreamedShakespeare’ has been the ideal way for us to keep busy,” she said.
This Sunday, July 5, is Jamie Collette’s ‘Julius Caesar’ and the week after that is Alex Perritt’s ‘The Tempest’ on July 12.
For more info, head to streamedshakespeare.com.