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Thursday, 28 January 2010

Associate artist Nathan Masterson joined artistic director Ben Spiller yesterday for an afternoon of workshops with a group of terrific students at the University of Warwick.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

This afternoon, artistic director Ben Spiller met with the National Theatre to discuss a revival of Emergency Shakespeare! at Watch This Space, the National's summer arts festival.  

Friday, 15 January 2010

This year, we celebrate our fifth birthday and, to mark this special event, our local newspaper the Derby Telegraph has published a special feature on our achievements over the last five years. The article begins by saying that we have a "unique take on Shakespeare", whether we're performing his work "among the stalagmites of Poole's Cavern or giving Ophelia emergency first aid at Quad ... in the Glastonbury mud, in front of Joseph Wright's paintings ... and on hospital wards".  To read the full article, please visit

Thursday, 14 January 2010

This afternoon, we visited the London Road Community Hospital in Derby to check out the health-and-safety implications of The Great Shakespearean Workout 2010 with a team of physiotherapists. We had a great time taking the team through the aerobic-based exercises while moving to the beat of Shakespeare's verse.  In the discussion that followed the Workout, we were reassured that the Workout is, indeed, safe for participants of all ages; but we were advised to begin each session by explaining that pain now means stop, while pain tomorrow is fine (it means that the exercises are making a difference!)  The wonderful June Blood and her whole physio team were great fun and very supportive of the project.  We send out many thanks to them all, and look forward to seeing them again at the Workout launch on 23 April.  For more details on The Great Shakespearean Workout 2010, please visit our Upcoming page.

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