Five Links #8: Festivals, Shows, Free Scripts (and some nice graphs)

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This time you get six links. Two festivals, two Shakespeares with gender-play, and two interesting Shakespeare resources.

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A great Shakespeare festival being run in the beautiful Catford Broadway theatre, by none other than Action To The Word, one of our favourite theatre companies.

Only a few days left to catch this, but very much worth supporting, so do spread the word!

More info →

Women In The West End


Another festival, being run Upstairs at the Arts, a lovely Off-West-End theatre in the heart of London. Headline is F.A.N.Y., which we’ve spoken about before, and each lunchtime they’re performing a new Crawshaw play, Nonsense & Sensibility – a Jurassic-Park-inspired-Jane-Austen-spoof (that classic genre).

Alongside the shows, though, they’re running all sorts of gender focussed events and guest showings, including ‘Friendsday Wednesday’ guest slots, plus a series of Q&As, Lectures and other events. 50/50 looks particularly interesting, but check out their site for all the info.

Mapping Shakespeare’s Tragedies

This is interesting. A data analyst has mapped the connections between characters in the tragedies, based on who shares scenes.

Here are a couple of examples:


Titus Andronicus


Othello (in more detail)

Check out the site for more, including larger versions of the images. There’s also a free downloadable poster size one, if you’re into that sort of thing.

How this might impact our practical approaches to Shakespeare, I’m not yet certain. But they sure are pretty.

Read more →

An all-female Macbeth

One for our American cousins. Macbeth performed by an all-female cast in a Cathedral in Portland. Sounds great fun, from the reviews. If your’re nearby, please go and support them!

More info →

Folger Digital Texts

A great resource here. Folger have recently produced free, downloadable versions of their Shakespeare series. They’re available in five formats. PDFs, HTML, and plain text are available, as well as XML – which may open the way for people to do some interesting data-driven stuff with them.

But most useful will be the Word versions, for smaller theatre companies wanting to edit their own scripts.

The reason this is a big deal is that these text have been curated, so they’re gonna be of a much higher quality than the free versions currently available online (if you’ve ever put on a Shakespeare play on any kind of budget, you’ll know the ones I mean). Fewer typos and or unhelpful punctuation choices to fix.

Download page →

The Reversed Shakespeare Company: Midsummer Night’s Dream

You may remember these guys from our Work Bard Play Bard nights. Their gender-swapped Midsummer is running at Pleasance now. On Thursday 24th, there’s a panel talk with some very interesting speakers (and also us).

Find out more →

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