In addition to our fantastic site-specific performances, we are delighted to offer a number of diverse educational events designed to further enliven, enrich, and engage our communities with classical theatre.
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Two staged readings of previously forgotten 16th century masterpieces. Anonymously authored by one or more of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, our two staged readings profile the work of local Edmonton artist, John Richardson, who has adapted these ancient play-texts for contemporary performance. What is even more exciting, both of them have an Edmonton connection!
THE WITCH OF EDMONTON
22 JAN @ 7PM
THE MERRIE DEVIL OF EDMONTON
29 JAN @ 7PM
Question & Answer sessions with Festival Director Benjamin Blyth; representatives of the acting company and production crew; and special guest academic speakers. Tailored specifically towards school groups, these talkback sessions offer students and audiences the opportunity to discuss all aspects of staging, editing, performance and text, to further advance our understanding and engagement with Shakespeare’s plays in performance.
10 JAN (EVENING)
31 JAN (MATINEE)
A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM
17 JAN (EVENING)
24 JAN (MATINEE)
SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS
These bespoke performance workshops offer a fantastic opportunity to work with Festival Director Benjamin Blyth (University of Cambridge; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) on bringing Shakespeare’s text to life. Rooted in Elizabethan performance methodologies, this introductory workshop explores the ways in which actors and directors continue to make Shakespeare’s text contemporary. You’ll bring Shakespeare speeches and scenes to life over four hours of focused and creative coaching, and come away with a brand new set of skills for approaching classical text in performance!