SEE STRATFORD FROM A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW WITH THE RSC’S SHAKESPEARE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
SEE STRATFORD FROM A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW WITH THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY’S SHAKESPEARE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
- DIGITAL DIORAMA brings Shakespeare’s vision of Stratford to life in augmented reality
- APOTHEOSIS OF GARRICK unveiled before 250th Garrick Jubilee
- STAGE FIGHTING, THEATRE GAMES AND MORE this Shakespeare’s Birthday weekend
DIGITAL DIORAMA: AN AUGMENTED JOURNEY THROUGH SHAKESPEARE’S STRATFORD
Saturday 27 April – Sunday 8 September, 10am-close
PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Box Office 01789 331111
The RSC’s latest exhibition, Digital Diorama, imagines what a young William Shakespeare may have seen while growing up in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. The exhibition uses augmented reality technology similar to popular apps like Pokemon Go and BBC Civilisations to showcase Shakespeare’s work in a brand-new light. Visitors will use tablet devices and headphones to experience scenes from Shakespeare’s plays come to life before their eyes, featuring performances from RSC associate artists including Alexandra Gilbreath and Richard McCabe alongside fellow associate artist Mark Hadfield, honorary associate artist Oliver Ford Davies, and RSC actors Pippa Nixon, Alex Waldmann, Ishia Bennison, David Acton, Jim Hooper and Luca Saraceni-Gunner.
Gregory Doran, Artistic Director, said: “What on earth is a “digital diorama”? Dioramas were very popular in the 19th century. They involved large scale models with vast panoramas which could transport excited audiences into the midst of a battlefield, a storm at sea, or the slopes of an erupting volcano.
Perhaps more familiar are the glass cases once very popular in museums which recreated primordial swamps and housed models of dinosaurs, or an exotic variety of stuffed animals and birds, and sometimes even humans.
Our dioramas are digital. We’ve combined an old technique with the latest technology to take you right into Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. We have invited a great cast of RSC alumni to perform tiny extracts from Shakespeare’s plays to illustrate a journey from birthplace to graveyard, and introduce the Seven Ages of Man from infant to schoolboy, to lover, soldier, Justice, pantaloon and finally the last scene of all which ends this strange eventful history in Holy Trinity Churchyard.”
The Diorama features RSC associate artists recorded using photogrammetry and motion capture and turned into digital avatars.
Alexandra Gilbreath, who performs in The Provoked Wife from May and was part of the filming for Digital Diorama, said: “I thought I knew what motion capture is - but it's only when you go through the process you realise how fascinating it really is. This is something completely different for an actor but it uses all the theatre magic, the language. It's been great fun.”
Digital Diorama has been envisioned and brought to life with development and technical support from Intel and is funded within the Audience of the Future programme by UK Research and Innovation through Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, and runs in the PACCAR Room, second floor, Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 27 April until 8 September. Open daily from 10am. Free.
RARE CHANCE TO SEE THE APOTHEOSIS OF GARRICK OIL PAINTING
Upper Circle Bar, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
The RSC will be unveiling an 18th century painting in their collection showing David Garrick, a celebrated actor and playwright who pioneered the Shakespeare Jubilee that put Stratford-upon-Avon on the map, and his acting company to coincide with this year’s Shakespeare Birthday celebrations.
The conservation of the painting has been carried out to coincide with 250 years since Garrick’s Shakespeare Jubilee in 1769, which launched Stratford-upon-Avon as the epicentre of the Shakespeare industry.
The Apotheosis of Garrick is an oil painting, also known as The Immortality of Garrick, with Portraits of the Principal Actors, painted by English artist George Carter in 1782. It shows Garrick’s Drury Lane acting company, gathered to witness the lift off of their deceased master on his flight to Parnassus. Some of the most renowned actors of their day are dressed as Shakespearean characters which include Cordelia, Isabella, Beatrice, Desdemona, Hamlet, Iachimo, Touchstone, the Gravedigger, Prospero and Malvolio.
The display comes ahead of RSC’s staging of two plays in which Garrick enjoyed two of his most successful roles: The Provoked Wife and Venice Preserved.
The Apotheosis of Garrick will be on display in the Upper Circle Bar of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from April.
SHAKESPEARE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS LISTINGS
Saturday 27 April, 10am-close
Studio Theatre, The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon
Box Office 01789 331111
Vocal Warm Up, 12 – 12.20pm
Join an RSC voice coach for a short introduction to warming your voice up ready for a performance on stage.
Stage Fight Demo, 12.30 – 1.00pm
Watch the professionals as they unpick the many stages in creating a fight scene for the stage.
Rehearsing Shakespeare, 1.15 – 2pm
See how a scene is taken off the page and onto the stage, with an Assistant Director and actors showing the type of exercises and discussion that take place during rehearsals.
Movement Workshop, 2.30 – 3pm
Join us for a practical workshop on using your body to create characters.
Theatre Games, 3.15 – 3.45pm
Join us for fun theatre games led by RSC Assistant Director Nicky Cox
Stage Fight Workshop, 4 – 4.30pm
A short practical workshop to introduce a few simple stage fight techniques.
The Play’s The Thing, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, all day
Entry to The Play’s The Thing will be free for everyone on Saturday 27th April.
Notes to Editors
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About Royal Shakespeare Company
The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. We produce an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers.
Everyone at the RSC - from actors to armourers, musicians to technicians - plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. All our productions begin life at our Stratford workshops and theatres and we bring them to the widest possible audience through our touring, residencies, live broadcasts and online activity. So wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work made in Shakespeare’s home town.
We have trained generations of the very best theatre makers and we continue to nurture the talent of the future. We encourage everyone to enjoy a lifelong relationship with Shakespeare and live theatre. We reach 530,000 children and young people annually through our education work, transforming their experiences in the classroom, in performance and online. Registered charity no. 212481 www.rsc.org.uk
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About Audience of the Future
The project is funded within the Audience of the Future programme by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund brings together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. It provides funding and support to UK businesses and researchers, part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over the next 4 years. It plays a central role in the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. It is run by UK Research and Innovation, which comprises the Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.
UK Research and Innovation is a new organisation that brings together the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England into a single organisation to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision is to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
The redevelopment of the Swan Wing and The Play’s The Thing exhibition are generously supported by the NATIONAL LOTTERY HERITAGE FUND, TUBNEY CHARITABLE TRUST, GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION, DCMS/WOLFSON MUSEUMS & GALLERIES IMPROVEMENT FUND, THE WOLFSON FOUNDATION and others.
The RSC Acting Companies are generously supported by THE GATSBY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and THE KOVNER FOUNDATION
The Provoked Wife is supported by RSC Production Circle member Lord Carrington DL