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.
The Shakespeare in Italy leader worked with third and fourth year students at Urbino University. She helped them write songs and short scenes to encourage children in the schools in which they would be working to approach language learning in a more physical, movement orientated way. Some of the work students did on scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream was extremely good and the creativity they showed when writing their own sketches was remarkable.
Rowena Coles, Professor of English at Urbino University
It was an unforgettable, totally stimulating experience which, amongst many other things, has made me look at myself in a different light. Too late for me to apply to RADA, but setting up a play reading group has possibilities! It is a measure of the success of your organisation that such a disparate group of people, from across the world and the age spectrum, came together for two weeks in Italy and bonded with such energy and humour.
Jenny Robson, UK