1623 and QUAD present 


Non-stop sponsored shows and workshops for audiences, artists, learners and teachers to raise money for the Brig-Aid campaign

Thursday 14 and Friday 15 June 2018, 5pm to 5pm
QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS
Whole event livestreamed on YouTube 

Click on the logo to donate to Brig-Aid via Just Giving

"Our life is of a mingled yarn, good and bad together"

: All's Well That Ends Well

Please help us raise £1,000 towards Brig-Aid by sponsoring our 24-hour Shakespeare Marathon of performances and workshops.

Brig-Aid is a group of people raising funds to make sure our friend, colleague and mentor Sarah Brigham receives the treatment she needs for a rare form of cancer.

Sarah's cancer is untreatable in the UK. She needs to go to Germany, where she will have the best chance possible. Sarah is a great giver and we want to give back.

You can really make a difference by:

Please sponsor us by donating via our Just Giving page by clicking here.

Find out all the details here.

1623 theatre company and PAD Productions present


Professional development workshop for D/deaf and hearing actors and theatremakers

Saturday 23 June 2018, 11am to 4pm
QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS

Pierce Starre © 1623

"Suit the action to the word"
: Hamlet

The main aim of this workshop is to develop artistic practice and find exciting new ways of engaging D/deaf and hearing audiences with Shakespeare in performance.

Participants will work together as an ensemble, in small groups and individually to explore the artistic possibilities of interpreting Shakespeare's texts through BSL, visual vernacular and movement.

You don't need to be fluent in BSL to take part. Just bring along yourself, a bit of a Shakespeare text that interests you and an open mind. Please wear loose clothing.

Workshop facilitators are Emily Howlett, artistic director of PAD Productions, and Ben Spiller, artistic director of 1623 theatre company.

This is a pilot workshop, BSL-interpreted, and free-of-charge for participants.

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1623 and Michael Pinchbeck present

Performance and live-art course for actors, artists and writers

6 workshops and a scratch performance
Derby, Leicester and Lincoln at 6-9pm on selected Friday nights throughout July, August and September 2018
Free-of-charge to artists


"The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together"
: All's Well That Ends Well 

The main aim of this course is to explore the relationship between your autiobiography, or the biography of someone else, and a counterpart character from a Shakespeare play.

This might be a role you've played, or would like to play, or a role that has fascinated you on the page or in performance.

Each session, you will focus on a different aspect of performance while developing skills and ideas, before sharing your discoveries in front of an audience at a scratch performance.

Workshop faciltators are Michael Pinchbeck (award-winning writer and artist) and Ben Spiller (1623 artistic director).

COURSE SCHEDULE (subject to change)

All workshop sessions are 6-9pm.
Scratch session will start approx. 5pm, performance at 7.30pm, ends around 9.30pm.

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The course is free-of-charge to artists and we can have a small pot of money available to help artists with travel costs.

Find out more and how to apply here




1623 theatre company presents


Celebrating gender fluidity through a fabulous fusion of Shakespeare, autobiography and drag

Scratch show dates and venues coming soon

Artwork © Firecatcher

"Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it"
: Lady Macbeth

Shane idolises Lady Macbeth.

He always has done, ever since she slipped into his world through Grandma's telly when he was small.

Tonight, Shane's been stood up. Lonely and lost, he turns to Shakespeare's fierce queen for strength.

But how far can becoming your idol help you find yourself when you're anxious and alone?

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

After a successful R&D phase last year, 1623 is making and scratching Queer Lady M this year, before touring the show in 2019. 

So far, we've shared an early version of Queer Lady M at In Good Company's Scratch That Itch at Derby Theatre, and The Party Somewhere Else's Scratch Night at Nottingham Playhouse.

Follow @QueerLadyM on Twitter for all the latest news.

Queer Lady M is supported by
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