Get writing with #MacbethRiff

1623 Theatre Company has put out a creative writing call for those who would like to write something in response to Macbeth and share it using the hashtag #MacbethRiff.

Artistic director Ben Spiller and former Shakespeare Night regular Linda Ball have invited people to submit creative writing – a short story, poem, rap, monologue, or script – of up to 500 words. They say the writing may be a response to the whole play, a scene, a speech, a phrase, an image, a word, a character, a theme, a stage production or a screen adaptation.

Submissions are open until 29 September and will then be considered by Spiller and Ball, along with 1623 Associate Artist Nathan Masterson, for inclusion in the first 1623 podcast, set for release before the end of October. The call is part of the theatre company’s public participation programme and no payment is available for work.

The theatre company is currently crowdfunding ahead of new show Lady M. In partnership with Derbyshire LGBT+ the company will run drama and confidence workshops with LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, Queer, Intersex/Interested and Asexual/Allies) people. The company also secured a grant from Arts Council England in support of the development of Lady M.

Writing on the crowdfunding page they say, “The workshops explore identity and celebrate differences by focusing on characters and scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, playing parts and working together. The workshops are part of 1623’s project this autumn called Lady M, in which drag artist Shane Lynch creates a new act based on his own life story and the character of Lady Macbeth from Shakespeare‘s play.

“Our aim is to open up the process by which Shane creates his new role by inviting workshop participants to identify, explore and become their own Shakespearean alter egos in a safe and friendly environment. It’s all about bringing people together, developing confidence and wellbeing, and celebrating how we all contribute to society while exploring the work of Shakespeare, one of the greatest humanitarians.”

The company need to raise £500 by the end of September, and currently has £75 toward this total, and you are able to make a donation here.

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