Shakespeare Lives is asking the world to celebrate the Bard with plays and crowd-sourced acts
It all began with a survey last year. When young adults in five countries (including India) were asked to name someone from the UK arts scene who interested them, William Shakespeare topped the list. So, on the occasion of the Barda��s 400th death anniversary next year, the British Council is organising a global programme of events. a�?a�?Shakespeare Livesa�� will begin this July and run through 2016, and will explore him as a a�?living writera��,a�? says Mei-kwei Barker, director, British Council South India.
Besides working with theatre groups, museums, educators and artistsa��like Shakespearea��s Globe, and the Royal Shakespeare Companya��on new plays, film adaptations, public readings and the like, there will also be a global short filmmaking competition. a�?Called a�?Bitesize Barda��, we are inviting budding filmmakers to reinterpret one of eight iconic Shakespeare scenes in a single take. A panel will then select and award the 12 best films,a�? says Barker. The programme, which aims to reach over half a billion people, will also have a unique online collaboration. a�?All The Worlda��s A Stage will have people from all over the world uploading clips of themselves performing lines from Shakespeare plays. It will culminate in a crowd-sourced performance and a new digital version of Shakespearea��s works,a�? she adds.
In India, we can look forward to Filter Theatrea��s Twelfth Nighta��a fast-paced play that will tour 12 cities, including Chennai, later this year. British Council will also be holding screenings of Shakespearea��s plays from the BBC and will be bringing down British writers and artistes, who will present their work along with their Indian counterparts.
Surya Praphulla Kumar