Shakespeare in Italy
Shakespeare in Italy seeks to enhance experience and international understanding of the works of Shakespeare and in particular appreciation of the influence of the Italian Renaissance, culture and philosophers on all his writing.
The Company aims to explore this with actors and artists through performance in the UK, Italy and beyond, as well as via a programme of education and outreach.
Shakespeare in Italy was founded by two former Royal Shakespeare Company actors, Julian Curry and Mary Chater in association with the Italian theatre manager, Sandro Pascucci. Their aim was to create opportunities to explore - through performance and workshops with people young and old – the important influence of Italian culture on Shakespeare and his writing.
The Company is now working to form permanent relationships with theatres both in the United Kingdom and Italy. It also plans to work with British and Italian educational institutions and community groups, particularly those for whom English is their second language.
Shakespeare in Italy's initial workshops in July 2014 were an exemplary springboard for a broader idea - I was particularly glad to lead mine in the beautiful Cagli Theatre, near Urbino. The idea of an English-speaking Shakespeare company working in Italy as well as the UK was immediately clear. Julian Curry's and Mary Chater's long experience in mainstream British classical theatre, their sensitivity to potential new audiences, together with the coup of attracting the RSC's Bill Alexander as Artistic Director speak for themselves. I strongly recommend their project.
I have struggled with my own artistic vision following personal tragedy in my life. Just being in Urbino on the first day and drinking in the history of the place and the beautiful landscape around, then sitting down with one of my 'director heroes' to study Othello I felt at home. In common parlance - I think I have got my mojo back! I cannot thank Shakespeare in Italy, Mary, Julian and Sandro enough. I hope the company continues to thrive. It is a wonderful concept and for those of us who have worked tirelessly to bring theatre to life at grass roots level it is an inspiration.
Collette Parker, UK