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Shakespeare Alive

Author: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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Theatre professionals, artists, vloggers and other guests from around the world join resident Shakespeare Birthplace Trust experts Paul and Anjna to discuss Shakespeare's place in the 21st century. We hear about their relationships with Shakespeare in the modern world and take a fresh look at Shakespeare in today's society.
14 Episodes
Writer and broadcaster, Islam Issa of Birmingham City University, talks to Paul about his own Egyptian identity and Shakespeare, and how this relates to his teaching, career, and life.Support the show (
Join our resident experts Drs. Paul Edmondson and Anjna Chouhan, with a series of new guests from across the globe. This time they will chat with actors, directors and scholars, hearing all about their work to keep Shakespeare alive in the twenty-first century.    Support the show (
Resident Shakespeare Birthplace Trust experts, Drs Paul Edmondson and Anjna Chouhan, are joined by esteemed guests from across the globe to get their perspectives on Shakespeare’s place in the 21st century.   Each week from 17 November, the duo will be chatting with theatre professionals, artists and vloggers about their relationships with Shakespeare in the modern world, taking a fresh look at conversations around Shakespeare in society today.Support the show (
Professor Jyotsna Singh from Michigan State University talks to Anjna about growing up in India, Shakespeare and Indian cinema, and decolonising Shakespeare in global interpretations and scholarship. Support the show (
Professor Carol Rutter of the University of Warwick talks about her research into the performance history of Antony and Cleopatra and why she longed to see Cleopatra played by a black woman.Support the show (
Matt Pinches from the award-winning Guildford Shakespeare Company talks to Anjna about its 15 year journey, and what the future may hold for the charitable organisation. Support the show (
Paul speaks with actress and founder of Flute Theatre , Kelly Hunter MBE, about using Shakespeare to engage with young people living with autism. Support the show (
Rob Myles, Artistic Director of The Show Must Go Online, talks to Anjna about directing 36 plays online in the year of Covid. Support the show (
Nathan and Simon Dowling are the faces and masterminds of the YouTube channel, The Break A Leggers. In the final episode of this series Anjna talks to them about their experiences of reviewing theatre and their expectations of watching Shakespeare live in the modern world.Support the show (
Paul talks to Gregory Doran, the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, about what made him a Shakespearian and what that means to him personally, and to the company. They also discuss cross-gendered casting, and how theatrical performance brings Shakespeare to life in our own time and culture.Support the show (
This week’s guest is the founder of theatre company Will & Co, Victoria Baumgartner. We’ll be talking about her play Will and hearing all about her groundbreaking project to bring Shakespeare to your own doorstep during the Covid 19 pandemic. Support the show (
Paul chats to Debra Ann Byrd, the entrepreneurial artistic director of the Harlem Shakespeare Festival, about why she founded her company, what it does, and about her important and inspiring memoir; Becoming Othello, A Black Girl’s Journey.Support the show (
Anjna’s joined by stick figure artist and Shakespeare super-fan Mya Gosling, creator of the web comic Good Tickle Brain. Join us as we discuss how Mya breaks down barriers to Shakespeare, making his works feel accessible and, most importantly, fun.Support the show (
Farah Karim-Cooper, Head of Higher Education and Research at Shakespeare's Globe, talks to Paul about her first encounter with Shakespeare, her experiences of academia and her work on the Shakespeare and Race festival.Support the show (
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