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02 November 2016

Barrow Library ready to host Shakespeare event

Shakespeare

Gather all as the red carpet is rolled out at Barrow Library on November 10 from 6pm for the free premiere of six new plays imagining Shakespearean characters let loose in modern day Barrow. 


Introducing Mac and Beth on the bus, Beatrice the Barista, and young Rosaline sick with love for her Juliet at the Parkview School play - familiar characters with problems as old as time, but speaking in modern tongues across Barrow from the Town Hall toilets to Furness Abbey.


Local writers have been putting quill to parchment for ‘The Bard in Barrow’ festival organised by Barrow Library and BBC Radio Cumbria's ‘Up for Arts’ project - part of the BBC's ‘Shakespeare 400’ festivities, celebrating England's greatest playwright 400 years after his death. 

Ulverston-based writer Zosia Wand (The Treehouse, Radio 4, Hansel & Gretel) and Barrow poet Kate Davis (Northern Writers Award) have worked with 15 local writers to produce five minute scripts that capture the essence of a Shakespearean character and bring them to life in Barrow. The best six scripts will be performed by leading Cumbrian actors for one very special night at Barrow Library with wine & Tudor nibbles.

 

Jennie Dennett, from Up for Arts Cumbria, said:

 

“Our writers have cooked-up some fantastic scenarios with plenty of comedy and tragedy.  We have cackling witches at Furness Abbey, much ado about coffee in Costa, and a sobbing shrew in the Town Hall toilets to name just a few!”

 

Ruth Prosser, Cumbria County Council’s Community Services Manager for Barrow said:

 

“The amount of local talent we have in our area is astounding - we are very excited to see this unique performance in Barrow Library on 10 November!”

 

Councillor Kevin Hamilton, Chair of Barrow Local Committee said:

 

“The Bard in Barrow project has been creating opportunities for new writers. It’s great to be able to support the creative talent in our town. I’m very much looking forward to the performances.”


The winning plays are: 


‘Broomstick to Barrow’ by Robert Armitage
‘Much Ado About Coffee’ by Laura Carter
‘The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tale of Rosaline and Juliet’ by David Clancy
‘Mac The Bus’ by Ann Grant
‘Stone’ by Christine Lees
‘The Wedding’ by Elaine Truckell
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Gather all as the red carpet is rolled out at Barrow Library on November 10 from 6pm for the free premiere of six new plays imagining Shakespearean characters let loose in modern day Barrow.