This month we completed a project with the examination board AQA that saw us creating a DVD of Shakespeare scenes for use in classrooms all over the country to help make the Bard more accessible to students.
The DVD includes scenes from “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Julius Caesar”, “Twelfth Night”, “Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet” and we utilsed some of our archive theatre shows in the package. So, scenes from our 2003 tour of “Romeo and Juliet” and 2006’s “Twelfth Night” were used.
The aim of the DVD was to show students the varying interpretations that can be applied to Shakespeare’s writing and we therefore had a gritty “Eastenders” style take on “Much Ado” and had Marc Antony from “Julius Caesar” as a sleezy, corrupt politician performing his funeral oration at a press conference.
The project had to be put together fairly quickly so it was fortunate that we knew all of the scenes and plays very well in order to be able to quickly create several different interpretations.
It was huge amounts of fun to combine our expertese in Shakespeare and film making and the project continues to be a huge success with over 4,000 of the DVDs being used in schools today. To view some of the scenes please visit our portfolio page.