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Barbican Shakespeare Weekender: Play On at the Barbican – 5th and 6th March 2016


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The Barbican celebrates the world of Shakespeare with the Barbican Shakespeare Weekender: Play On. The Barbican Centre’s spaces will be filled with fun with interactive workshops, insightful talks, installations and performances with a difference.

A number of artists  from the worlds of theatre, dance, art and music and across the UK  will present various interpretations of Shakespeare’s work which allow audiences to experience a variety of entertaining events and you can even have a bite to eat from Shakespeare-inspired food menus.

Highlights include Much Ado About Bingo with Boogaloo Stu; Show the Love: Karaoke Glitter Rave with the Crafternoon Tea Club in a pop-up karaoke club; flash mob dance classes with MoveMe Dance; and the opportunity to touch, hold and get up close to history with the Museum of London’s object handling sessions, including real Elizabethan artefacts.


Performances taking place around the Centre will include actor Christopher Green in his dressing room as he prepares to go on stage, Desperately Seeking Shakespeare which features a wandering poet or tracking down vagabonds with Burn the Curtain in a hunt between the Barbican and the Museum of London, pop-up performances by theatre company Told by an Idiot, poetic responses to Shakespeare’s sonnets from King’s College London, including poets such as Imtiaz Dharker and African dance interpretation of Macbeth’s witches by IROKO.


Workshop sessions for families will include: badge making with Codasign, crafty T-shirt workshops with artist Reza Ben Gajra, inventing insults on the Shakespeare Insult Wall. Try your hand at film making creating a micro-film using live action, stop motion animation and puppets with The Craftimation Factory.


Other activities include exclusive access to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s backstage activities, a mobile hairdressing trailer on hand for visitors to pop-in and have their hair styled as a Shakespearian character by Ella Good and Nicki Kent, Orly Orbach’s tattoo stand offering an array of temporary tattoos.


Booker prize-winning author Howard Jacobson discuss his new book Shylock is my Name – a retelling of The Merchant of Venice, and Macbeth will projected within a beautiful pop-up book by Davy and Kristin McGuire.

On Saturday evening, the City’s links with the famous playwright will be celebrated with Shakespeare Son et Lumière in which the Guildhall’s façade is transformed and illuminated with colourful 3D-mapping accompanied by music, in a collaboration between Guildhall Library and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Most of the entertainment is free, however over the weekend there will be a number of ticketed events which includes Forced Entertainment who will present Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeareeach of Shakespeare’s 36 plays condensed and presented on a table top using a cast of ordinary, everyday objects.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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