Members of the Dorset Equity branch are banding together to pay a special tribute to the Bard to mark the 400th Anniversary of his death and teach people why Shakespeare is still relevant in the 21st Century.
The group of actors from the unions general branch will perform "The Bards Best Bits" this Sunday at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis - a show they have put together themselves.
Branch Secretary Chris Gallarus - who appeared in the TUCs Tolpuddle Trail interactive app as George Loveless and will soon be seen in the next season of Poldark is very excited about bringing the evening to the public. Chris said:
It is 400 years since Shakespeare died and yet his vocabulary, phrases and stories are part of our lives today. Even if you hated Shakespeare at school, you can’t escape him.
Shakespeare is very much alive and members of the Dorset Equity Branch present a fresh way of exploring his ideas on themes as war, love, tragedy and comedy. All in his own words, using a cross section of his plays with a dash of songs and humour."
Keith Hatch from unionlearn added:
It is great to see the Equity Branch in Dorset celebrate the life of Shakespeare in a way that makes it accessible and fun. For those who aren’t in the area and want to find out more about Shakespeare, his life and impact on the English language there are a huge amount of resources and online courses available to mark the 400th anniversary of his death."
FutureLearn starts a number of free courses next week as part of a Shakespeare Uncovered offer and includes “Exploring English: Shakespeare” and “Shakespeare and his world” as well courses on specific plays, whilst Alison, Open Culture and BBC Bite Size also have free courses online.