New Exhibitions

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The Royal Shakespeare Company's prop store is the focus of a new exhibition by the Bristol based Stand + Stare Collective. Is This A Dagger? is an exploration of the RSC's props store and is commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and will be held in the PACCAR Room.

Visitors can explore the secrets behind twelve props from the Company's fascinating prop store, find out more about how they are made, the stories that lie behind them and what happens to a prop once a production ends.

The objects will be used to tell the stories of how the props team work using audio interviews and interactive videos.  Props appearing in the exhibition include a dagger from Macbeth, alarm clock from The Taming of the Shrew, Yorick's skull from Hamlet and a Jester's head from King Lear.

The Exhibition runs from 4 April to 21 September 2014 with free admission.

Inspired by the Swan Theatre production of The Roaring Girl, Girls Who Draw; a small group of female illustrators, explore the notion of cross-dressing in theatre. Their playful illustrations will appear on mix and match blocks which are joined together to create life-size characters.  People can rotate the blocks to create different characters and mirrors placed in the block tower, otherwise known as exquisite corpses, will allow visitors themselves to appear as part of the illustration.

Who Wears The Trousers? will be exhibited at the Swan Theatre by Girls Who Draw with guest curator, Lisa Meyer of Capsule Ferguson Room, from 7 May to 31 August with free admission.

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