Lord Mayor’s Show 2021 Recon
On Friday 29th October 2021 we’re reconstructing (in a playful way) the Lord Mayor’s Show from 1621, four hundred years after the original one off show. The Sun in Aries was written by Thomas Middleton for the incoming Lord Mayor Edward Barkham of the Drapers Company. The surviving text of the Triumph will be performed three times in the afternoon by Beyond Shakespeare with the support of the SRS Public Engagement Scheme and other partners.
The Pageant Master is award-winning theatre maker Robert Crighton, with our Cheapside Champion Professor Tracey Hill of Bath Spa University.
It isn’t possible to attempt a complete reconstruction of the Triumph due to the nature of the surviving text (and the shape of modern London), but we hope to capture the shape and spirit of the event near to the location of one of the devices.
To make these recon’s come alive, we need your help. We can’t recreate the full spectacle, and we can’t recreate a street of rowdy 17th century street folk – but YOU can!
We’d like volunteers to dress up, join the procession, become figures who watched and enjoyed the original pageants, and take this event up to the next level.
We need people to pretend to be: notable worthies, figures from history, the signs of the zodiac, one of the Virtues, whifflers and green men (or women).
Come up with your own costume ideas, or follow our guides and advice (details to follow) on how to look the part.
The show will be interactive, so the more you look the part, the more we hope you can engage with the event.
Not only that – they’ll be a (slightly silly) prize for the best costume on display over the afternoon!
Be part of the action, be the crowd to perform your own personal display of awesomeness.
If you’d like to watch the event, or be a little bit more involved, then get involved with the sign up form. We’ll be in touch and keep you in the loop with developments.
Social Media – do share the event with the hashtag #LMS1621 or #Triumph1621
Get Involved! Join In Online
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Live Streaming – The Ghost of Richard III
In the absence of live shows, we’ve experimented with live streaming on YouTube. Now we’ve gone further with a live stream from the Quay Theatre of a full scale show – The Ghost of Richard III. The World Premiere was on Tuesday 21st July at 7.00pm, in support of our local community theatre in this difficult time. It is available on YouTube HERE – and it may also still be on facebook. Go to our live page for more info. LIVE!
The ‘Beyond Shakespeare’ Podcast – A (Sort of) Mission Statement
From the earliest drama in English, to the closing of the theatres in 1642, there was a hell of a lot of drama produced – and a lot of it wasn’t by just one guy.
Apart from a few noble exceptions, every-other-plays are often passed over, ignored or simply unknown. This podcast/vlog/website presents full audio productions of the plays, exploratory read throughs, fragmentary and extant material, other texts not directly dramatic, all of which shaped the theatrical world that is more generally known.
We’re going to produce EVERYTHING. In full, in part, in different ways, live, in studio, in rehearsal, in production. You can sample some of our work in progress work on ALL the plays in this podcast timeline…
You help support us by pledging on our patreon account, and get a vote as to what we do next. http://www.patreon.com/beyondshakespeare
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