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1623 theatre company and Play On Shakespeare present


Free online readings of Shakespeare's sassy comedy translated into modern English by Ranjit Bolt.

Watch online on Mondays at 19.30 BST: youtube.com/PlayOnShakespeare

With workshops for schools and colleges (http://www.bit.ly/MuchAdoWorkshops).

All readings are live-captioned, all workshops are BSL interpreted.

Supported by Play On Shakespeare.

1623 theatre company presents

ANGELICA (working title) : Lockdown 2020 : R&D sharing

A new show in development that explores life, love and grief when you're Deaf, female, middle-aged, working-class and queer.

This video is a sample of the work that the team have been doing in lockdown to develop early ideas by bringing together access, characterisation, new writing and design.

ANGELICA is inspired by the Nurse in ROMEO AND JULIET and real life experiences of our team and co-creators, who have contributed with creative responses to questions asked by the team as they've been developing the show.

The team: Lisa Ducie (designer), Clare Edwards (BSL interpreter), Caroline Parker (actor), Elvire Roberts (BSL interpreter), Karen Spicer (director), Ben Spiller (dramaturg), Fiona Whitelaw (writer), Christopher Lydon (producer), Nikki Disney (therapist), and everyone who has contributed.

Balm for the Wounds is a poem written and spoken by Karen Spicer, director of ANGELICA.

In Balm for the Wounds, Karen weaves together responses to this question, which we posted recently on our social media channels:

How do you remember your loved ones in nature? Writing on sand, gazing at sea, painting on stones, talking to trees?

We received photos, videos, audio files and texts via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all in response to the question.

With thanks to the generosity of these people for sharing their responses:

This video is a selection of pages from a sketch book by Lisa Ducie, the designer of the show. The pages offer an insight into the early stage of designing when the designer works with the creative team on initial ideas.

Produced by 1623 theatre company. Supported by Arts Council England Covid-19 Emergency Fund.

1623 theatre company presents


A new show in development, devised and performed by Lauren Nicole Whitter

Content warnings: racism, strong language.

Othello's Sister is a new piece of theatre inspired by the life experiences of Black British artist Lauren Nicole Whitter and her response to Shakespeare's Othello.

In this one-person show, Lauren plays both herself and a new character called Sherronlynetta, who has always lived in the shadow of her successful brother.

But now it's time for Sherronlynetta to tell her story. And for Lauren to discover hers.

Othello's Sister is devised and performed by Lauren Nicole Whitter.

This video - created by Film City - is from a scratch performance of Othello's Sister at The Maypole Theatre and Cafe Bar in Derby UK.

The show is in development, co-created in workshops with Black women in Derby and students from Sheffield Hallam University.

Earlier scratch performances of Othello's Sister have taken place at Black Theatre Showcase at Nottingham Playhouse, International Women's Day in Derby, China Plate's Pulse Festival at New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, and Off The Shelf Festival at Sheffield Hallam Performance Lab.

Follow @OthellosSister on Twitter for all the latest news

Othello's Sister is supported by

Arts Council EnglandDerby Theatre
Pulse FestivalSheffield Hallam UniversityQUAD

1623 theatre company presents


A fabulous fusion of drag, autobiography and Shakespeare

Coming soon! Watch the full Queer Lady M show online, with captions available

It's time for Queer Lady M's cabaret!

Performed by Shane Gabriel (Funny Girls), Lady Macbeth comes to life like you've never experience before.

There's outrageous lip-syncing, cheeky dancing and sassy conversation as Queer Lady M invites you to enter her world of passion and shade.

But what happens when the show is over, when Shane removes the makeup and puts Lady M to bed? What stories will come to light as we're invited into Shane's twilight world?

Find out in 1623's funny and moving exploration of a unique relationship between a fierce drag queen and her anxious alter-ego who join forces to fight tragedy and celebrate queerness.

Queer Lady M brings together drag, devised performance and Shakespeare while exploring the real-life experiences of working-class, gender-fluid artist Shane Gabriel.

Follow @QueerLadyM on Twitter for all the latest news

The Queer Lady M team

ALI BAKEWELL stage manager | SHANE GABRIEL performer | TIM HEYWOOD set and costume designer | SAM LAMMOND-LYNCH production assistant | REBECCA LEGG assistant director | REBECCA LITTLE singing voice | CHRISTOPHER LYDON composer and producer | ADAM McCREADY sound designer | MICHAEL PINCHBECK dramaturgical support | LUCY J SKILBECK outside eyes | BEN SPILLER director | KITTY WINTER movement director

Thanks to Sarah Brigham from Derby Theatre, Michaela Butter and John Kirby from Attenborough Arts Centre, Lue Douthit from Play On! Shakespeare, Bill Rauch from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and audiences at the scratches and previews for supporting the development of the show.

Queer Lady M is supported by

Arts Council EnglandAttenborough ArtsDerby Theatre
Derbyshire LGBTLeicester LGBT CentreQUAD

Queer Lady M

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