Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The British Council invited our artistic director Ben Spiller to direct A Midsummer Night's Dream in Zambia and run workshops in Botswana as part of the Shakespeare Lives project in March 2016. 

Ben with Barefeet TheatreOn each day of his trip, Ben posted a short video diary to his Facebook page.

You can watch the videos and read transcripts of them below.

For photos and videos of rehearsals and workshops, check out:  

#1623africa on Facebook    

#1623africa on Twitter    

#1623africa on Instagram     

African adventure is over (for now), after a 3.5-hour flight delay. Tired but happy. #1623africaVIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN:...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Saturday, 26 March 2016
 

Last day in Africa (for now). Thank you to everyone who made the #ShakespeareLives projects in Zambia and Botswana...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Saturday, 26 March 2016
 

A Midsummer Night's Dream, then Mo and Mo in the taxi. #1623africaVIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN: Hi guys. So here on the final...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Thursday, 24 March 2016
 

School, radio, more school, then dinner with Nat and Greg. #1623africaVIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN: Hello, Ben here on Day 15...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Wednesday, 23 March 2016
 

More Twelfth Night, bit of a rest, lost phone and catching up. #1623africaVIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN: Hi guys. Ben here on...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Tuesday, 22 March 2016
 

Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice and dinner with Natalie. #1623africaVIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN: Hi, it's Ben here on...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Monday, 21 March 2016
 

Chilling in the bedroom. #1623africaVIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN: Hi there, Ben here. This is now Day 12 here in Africa. I'm...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Sunday, 20 March 2016
 

Early start, 2 flights and plans to see Natalie Ibu. #1623africaVIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN: Hi there, Ben here. It's now...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Saturday, 19 March 2016
 

Final day in Zambia before flying to Botswana very early tomorrow morning. #1623africaVIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN: Hi there,...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Friday, 18 March 2016
 

We went to the British Council. #1623africaVIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN: Hi there guys. It's Ben here on Day 9 in Lusaka in...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Thursday, 17 March 2016
 

Rain, laughter and dancing. #1623africaVIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN: Hi there. Ben here at the end of the eighth day here in...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Wednesday, 16 March 2016
 

Reflecting on directing A Midsummer Night's Dream with Barefeet Theatre. #1623africaVIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN: Hi there....

Posted by Ben Spiller on Tuesday, 15 March 2016
 

Lunch time in Lusaka with some of the brilliant performers from Barefeet Theatre. I love these guys. #1623africaVIDEO...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Monday, 14 March 2016
 

Thoughts at lunch time. #1623africaVIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN: Hi there everyone. This is Ben on Day 5. It's not the end of...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Sunday, 13 March 2016
 

Thinking about rehearsals. I am turning into a lobster. #1623africaVIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN: Hi everyone. This is Ben on...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Saturday, 12 March 2016
 

Today's report includes a powercut. #ShakespeareLives #Shakespeare400 #1623africa #1623is10VIDEO TRANSCRIPTBEN:...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Friday, 11 March 2016
 

Looking back on second day of rehearsals. x #ShakespeareLives #Shakespeare400 #1623africa #1623is10VIDEO...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Thursday, 10 March 2016
 

Just in case you're wondering, here are thoughts on day one of rehearsals. x #ShakespeareLives #Shakespeare400...

Posted by Ben Spiller on Wednesday, 9 March 2016
 

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