So this week The Guardian newspaper launched 6 short films online of leading actors doing a Shakespeare monologue for the 'Shakespeare 400' festival. So I decided to get some colleagues together and launch 6 of our own and do a "counter" version with no "stars" and no budget, with the actors having no prep time and all shot with no fancy equipment. I loved the Guardian's films but thought Shakespeare is for everyone so why not do this!?
I asked a certain number of people across a diverse group of colleagues but not everyone was able to help due to the last minute nature of it all and there were time constraints as well. I wanted an equal representation of class, sex and colour in all the films but unfortunately I dind't get enough responses from the people I wanted. so I have gone ahead with these first 6.
I believe The Guardian will be releasing more soon and so, I too, will have more to follow and will either drip feed them during the week or relase them all on one day! I'm hoping to have a better diverstiy of people in the next round.... Cheers to Shakespeare for all!
A big thanks to the first 5 who joined me this week!
Matthew Howell (Edmund)
Scarlett Clifford (Lady Percy)
James McGregor (Hotspur)
Carmella Brown (Lady Macbeth)
Stephanie Hampton (Rosalind)
Play them all in order from No.1 - 6 here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz8wJDPattw