#ItGetsLighterFromHere is a West Midlands Culture Response Unit initiative, bringing together organisations from across the region to mark the shortest day of the year; a virtual day of hope and positivity.

Students from the University of Birmingham have been working with the RSC, and actor and playwright Tyrone Huggins, to create a series of short one minute films for #ItGetsLighterFromHere on 21 December 2020. Their work is based on The Comedy of Errors and The Winter's Tale and the pieces are titled  'Out of Joint' and 'Stop. Breathe. Listen. See - Value'. You can read the students' introductions to their work and view the films below. 


a stone bust of Shakespeare in the garden at the Shakespeare Institute
A bust of Shakespeare, the Shakespeare Institute
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Out of Joint aims to delve deeper into the stories of four characters from Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale; to provide answers to the unanswered. We wanted to tell the untold parts of the play come to life through a different medium, with a focus on Leontes, Hermione, Paulina, and Perdita. We challenged ourselves to create four individual vignettes and showcase what the audience doesn’t get a chance to witness onstage.

At what point can an individual move past their mistakes? How can one heal, and what does it take in order to get to that point?


Inspired by the characters and themes in The Comedy of Errors, five short pieces were devised to create a whole that explores what it means to step away from the frantic pace of life and step out from behind our own masks. What could it look like to stop, breathe, listen and see? Would we value people as unique individuals instead of as a ‘faceless crowd’? When we step forward and celebrate our unique selves, even during the darkest of times, #itgetslighterfromhere.

It Gets Lighter From Here Credits

  • Stop. Breathe. Listen. See - Value

  • Out of Joint

It Gets Lighter From Here will be dozens of one-minute films across social media sparkling up the day with content of hope and potential. There is much uncertainty to the immediate future and nobody can say what state things may be in on Monday 21 December, but what we will be able to say at sunset on that shortest day of the year is 'it gets lighter from here.' And there’s a kind of magic in that thought.”

Tyrone Huggins

You can discover other contributions to #ItGetsLighterFromHere on social media throughout the day on 21 December 2020.  


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