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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.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Nigel Powlson, arts and entertainment editor of the Derby Telegraph and feature reporter of the Metro, reviews the vibrant city arts scene over the last twelve months.  He calls the year "a shining year of creativity" and views the reopening of Derby Playhouse as Derby Theatre as one of the major highlights.  He also enthuses that 1623 "continued to be innovative and entertaining in 2009" and that, among our "brainwaves", was Emergency Shakespeare at QUAD, where we performed scenes of peril from fourof Shakespeare's plays before volunteers from St John Ambulance sprang into action to save the day.  The full article is on the Derby Telegraph website at

Sunday, 20 December 2009

We performed some special festive Shakespeare earlier today at Boo, a fairtrade shop on Sadler Gate in the Cathedral Quarter of Derby.  Titania the fairy queen (played by Elizabeth Rose) fell in love with Bottom the weaver (played by Ben Adams), who was turning into a donkey while a group of bemused Christmas shoppers looked on. Two performances took place both in, and in front of, the shop window to provide some alternative entertainment for shoppers on a cold wintry day. Bottom and Titania at Christmas was part of the pilot event for Derby Arts Fringe, which is finding ways of bringing art to the windows of both trading and empty shops throughout the city centre.  Photographs of our performances - taken by Mark Tunstall - can be found at

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