One of Shakespeare’s most memorable quotes - All the World’s A Stage - is going to be made into a reality - when a theatre is created within a Birmingham Car Park later this month (September).
Some of the most talented actors from across the West Midlands are to be treading the boards throughout four days of Shakespearean performances which have been put together for a festival, hosted by Selfridges Birmingham.
The iconic city store will be helping mark four hundred years since the death of Shakespeare, with an array of ground-breaking live performances and interactive activities for shoppers.
The ‘reFASHIONed Theatre’ will be running from Level 5 of the Selfridges Moor Street Car Park, between Wednesday, 28th September and Saturday, 1st October, and has been designed to be accessible, and enjoyable, for everyone as part of the stores annual Live and Loud festival which celebrates local art, creativity and talent within the city.
The first performance, ‘Love Thyself’ will be presented by mac Birmingham in partnership with the Autin Dance Academy, and will be a presentation of a journey of self-love, inspired by the words of William Shakespeare. Drawing on contemporary social issues and events, the performance is a selection of interactive and immersive dance theatre pieces.
The Old Rep theatre will be taking over the stage on Thursday, 29th September with their performance of ‘Shaken Up’, in collaboration with Birmingham Ormiston Academy. The show will be a Shakespeare-inspired performance, mixing monologues and musicals, poetry and physical theatre curated and performed by Birmingham’s young creatives.
A performance of the previously sold-out ‘Macbeth – Kill Bill Shakespeare’ show will be performed by the Birmingham School of Acting on Saturday, 1st October. The impressive, blood-soaked tale of murder, lust and power is a groundbreaking production by fresh, young talented actors, stays true to the original text but pays homage to some of Tarantino’s best-loved movies.
There will be further activity taking place in store, including the chance to see an array of some of the most interesting artifacts held within Birmingham’s library and museums, believed to be displayed for the first time outside a museum setting.
A costume, previously worn by Dame Judy Dench as Mistress Quickly in the 2006 Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, is also now on display and during the festival a fascinating collection of other RSC props will be available for visitors to try on and pose for a boomerang video with at the Selfridges boomerang booth on Level 3 in store.
For the first time ever too, the world-renowned drama school RADA will also be coming to Birmingham to host a prologue workshop for budding actors and drama enthusiasts, focusing on monologues and spoken word. Places for this are complimentary, but limited to 16 spaces.
The festival has been designed to coincide with the first anniversary of the store’s Live + Loud festival, which last year saw local talent and creativity celebrated both in store and within a transformed warehouse space in Digbeth.
Store general manager Sam Watts said: “It really is something that has never been done in the city before and we want to showcase the incredible talent we have here in the West Midlands, and Birmingham. To bring some of the most loved Shakespearean shows, and quotes, to a theatre in the car park is both unusual and fun, and we know that visitors here will just love the experience. We cannot wait for the festival to begin.”
Tickets for the performances are available online at www.selfridges.com/liveandloud from now, or visit the store for more details.
All performances start at 7pm and cost £5.
The RADA workshop runs between 12 – 3pm and is complimentary.
PR by Clive Reeves PR in Birmingham