Thursday 30th November — Saturday 2nd December
Friday’s performance of ‘Who the f–ck is shakespeare?’ will be a matinée beginning at 1:30pm
Directed by Ameera Conrad.
Written by Ameera Conrad and Shakespeare, with contributions from Leonisha Barley.
Lady Macbeth – murderous.
Cleopatra – conniving.
Viola – witty.
Katherine – difficult.
Ophelia – tragic.
The so-called ‘facts’ of their stories; stories steeped in racism, patriarchy, and violence. But the facts are untrue, these stories just won’t do.
These five characters have had enough. They’re breaking the paper ceiling of Shakespeare’s Complete Works to tell their own stories and repurpose old tales for the next generation.
Watch them blow the dust off the classics, tear out the pages, and stage a multi-art form political occupation of Shakespeare with punchy verses, punky attitudes, and whole lotta wit.
“We stand here now, to speak but for ourselves
Our lives will not be stories on your shelves.”
Get with it, or get the f–k out the way.
who the f—k is shakespeare? is a showcase of local talent created and directed by 20 Stories High Associate Artistic Director, Ameera Conrad. The showcase is the culmination of Actor’s Lab, a programme designed to train, develop, and promote the next generation of professional working class, culturally diverse, Deaf/Disabled and neurodivergent Actors in Merseyside.
Director – Ameera Conrad
Writer – Ameera Conrad, William Shakespeare
Contributor – Leonisha Barley
Producer – Natasha Patel
Lighting Designer – Xenia Bayer
Loud noises, haze, and fake weapons. Discussions around gender, violence, patricide, suicide, war, murder, racism, patriarchy, I mean, listen, it’s Shakespeare. It will also be funny, light, and just a bit tongue-in-cheek.
(Age Guidance 14+)
Supported by LAMDA and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Funded by Arts CouncilEngland, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation, Garrick Trust, and Liverpool CityCouncil.