Shakespeare Day

Shakespeare Day

13th May 2017

Noon till 10pm

Strutts Community Centre

(otherwise know as Bill's Big Day Out)

William Shakespeare will take over the Strutt Centre on Derby Road for a day of performance, talks, exhibitions, poetry and anything else we can think of.

Organised by Joan Hardy and the Strutts Events Committee,the day of events will include a talk by Ben Spiller, Artistic Director with the 1623 Theatre Company. His latest show, Lear / Cordelia, deals with two lives touched by dementia, which is appropriate on the eve of Dementia Awareness week. Ben graduated from the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance in 2001 with an MA (Distinction) in Culture of the European Renaissance. While at the centre, he developed his keen interest in Shakespeare by exploring the playwright's work in a European context. Before this, he gained BA (Honours) in Theatre and Performance Studies, also at Warwick, where he was president of the award-winning Drama Society, with whom he acted and directed productions at Warwick Arts Centre and beyond including the National Student Drama Festival.

Working as artistic director and producer of award-winning 1623 theatre company - based at QUAD, Derby's international arts centre - gives Ben the opportunity to put into practice his passion to inspire, surprise and affect people with Shakespeare's inspirational language, vibrant characters and exciting sense of theatre.

Ben Spiller will be on stage at 2pm. Admission is free but a collection will be taken on behalf of the Alzheimer's Society.

From 7:30pm performers will take the stage for "An Evening With Bill". Actors, poets and readers can choose their own Shakespeare piece during an evening bookended by tragedy and comedy. Expect a few surprises!

'An Evening With Bill'
Tickets: Adult £10

Available from OXFAM BOOKS AND MUSIC and online