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Fórum Shakespeare returned in April and May 2016 at the invitation of CCBB to celebrate, discuss and shed light over the work of the world’s greatest playwright, as part of ‘Shakespeare Lives‘, British Council’s worldwide festival marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The Fórum created three companies of young Brazilian actors to stage new productions of Macbeth (São Paulo), The Merchant of Venice (Belo Horizonte) and The Tempest (Rio de Janeiro) directed by renowned international theatre practitioners: Greg Hicks (RSC), Catherine Paskell (National Theatre Wales) and Vik Sivalingam (former RSC associate) respectively.
An international seminar entitled Shakespeare: Rupture & Sutures took place in São Paulo on Shakespeare’s anniversary day bringing together international and Brazilian theatre artists and academics to explore seminal and contemporary themes present the Bard’s works.
Alongside the performances and the seminar, a series of workshops led by Jerry Brotton, Joad Raymond, Catherine Silverstone (QMUL), Catherine Paskell and Jo Kukathas (Malaysia) explored Shakespeare’s relevance to contemporary actors, directors and students.
In June the plays were remounted in three Sesc venues in São Paulo and, during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, British House hosted two performances of the Tempest and an event ‘Shakespeare Lives with Michael Boyd and Vik Sivalingam.
The Fórum was turned into the BBC radio documentary A Tempest in Rio, presented by Professor Jerry Brotton (QMUL). The show was first broadcast on 19 July 2016 and reached an audience of approximately 1.2 million worldwide.
- 3 new productions: Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, The Tempest
- 3 cities: São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro
- 3 international directors: Malaysia, Wales and England
- 27 Brazilian actors from diverse backgrounds
- 32 packed performances reaching over 4,350 audience members
- 3 workshops led by 3 academics from QMUL: Jerry Brotton, Joad Redmond and Catherine Silverstone
- 2 workshops led by international theatre directors: Jo Kukathas (Malaysia) and Catherine Paskell (Wales)
- 4 workshops led by Macbeth and Merchant casts in São Paulo
- 1 international conference attended by over 200 people
- 1 BBC radio documentary reaching approximately 1.2 million people worldwide.
- Estimated value of media (see attachment): R$8,281.88 (approx.: £2,070.47)
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