Shake And Stir By William Shakespeare

1234 WordsJul 31, 20165 Pages
Shake and Stir Responding Task Shake and Stir Theatre Company is a compelling theatrical voice which aspires to render Shakespeare’s plays to appease modern audiences. However, William Shakespeare penned his last play 400 years ago; despite this, his plays and sonnets are as alive today as they were in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Shakespeare’s plays still appeal to modern society because of the universality of the dramatic themes- love, deceit, political endorsement, honour, ambition and courage- humans still experience these emotions which give Shakespeare a foothold in modern times. Shake and Stir sequenced together an array of modified scenes from Shakespeare’s most iconic plays, to implore dramatic meaning: Shakespearean text can be rendered to engross modern audiences while maintaining its integrity and Elizabethan charm. “Great Shakes” is staged in a graveyard, where three year ten students, Betty, Brock and Ben are incarcerated. However, after appearances from several supernaturals, they are returned to their everyday lives, but not before they manipulate Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies and histories to engage contemporary audiences. It is evident, Shake and Stir’s production, “Great Shakes” effectively conveyed the dramatic meaning of Shakespeare’s relevance in contemporary society. This was made explicit through; the re-contextualization of the historical context, utilisation of conventions from modern theatre (cinematic theatre) and Elizabethan theatre.

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