So, Undead Bard. It's the end of nearly four years work - a series of plays or pieces that dance around the afterlife of Shakespeare. They don't focus on the plays or his work, they're about his reputation, the love or hate people have for him and his work and the Shakespeare culture industry. The show performing at Theatre N16 (in Balham) is the final stage for the show/s. It will feature new work and the first piece in the sequence, The Shakespeare Delusion, a piece about the authorship 'question' which is where it all started in 2012. Then there's the new(ish) piece The Ever Living - which is about Shakespeare the brand that eats our culture. Lastly, I'm currently writing a new new piece about Shakespeare as secular God - as yet untitled. This last piece is taking me full circle with this project, as it's based on a section I cut from the first draft of Delusion because it didn't fit. It will get it's own chance to shine.
Stating all the above makes the show sound terribly dull and worthy - but basically, it's all comedy and at times downright silly. It's a show that the most die hard Shakespeare fan should love as much as the greatest Shakespeare hater. And, for those who've been suffering from Shakespeare fatigue this long three year 450th Birth/400th Death anniversary cycle of Bardolatry, it features almost nothing from his plays at all. Hell, I'm not stupid enough to put my dialogue next to his, you tend to lose.
Milk Bottle Productions Presents...
By multi award-winning writer and performer Robert Crighton
Shakespeare is dead, but he just won’t stop talking. His words are immortal, but they keep changing. Award-winning writer and performer Robert Crighton explores the current boom in Shakespeare and how everything is now devoted to his holy name. Undead Bard is an unholy smorgasbord of play, comedy, and music, pulling apart Shakespeare, Bardolatry, and the modern world, for your pleasure.
More details about the show and online podcasts on the Undead Bard at www.milkbottleproductions.co.uk
Performing at Theatre N16
Sunday 2nd October to Thursday 13th October at 7.30pm
Matinee at Saturday 8th October at 3pm
Tickets £12 / 10 concessions – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/145903Theatre N16, The Bedford, 77
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