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Student profile: Shakespeare Society

Tuesday 21 March 2017

What are the main aims of the society? 

We aim to expose our society members to as much Shakespeare as we can, and all that London has to offer.

Do you have to be a performer to do well in the society?

Absolutely not. You just have to have an interest in the Bard and his works. Everyone is welcome.

Could you give us a taste of the exciting events that take place in a typical year?

As a new society we have been finding our feet this year but have had some fantastic events so far. We have been able to take our society members to various productions by the Royal Shakespeare Society (RSC), talks at the Globe Theatre, shows at the Young Vic, Southwark Playhouse and very shortly, to the Almeida - all for free!

We also host bi-monthly play readings (which are accompanied by chocolates and sweets) and will be starting to host film screenings as well. It’s a great chance to lift the text off the page as well as get to know everyone better.

What is your favourite memory of your time with the society?

We hosted an event with the Queen Mary Theatre Company called 'A Night of Mechanicals' where directors came with one of Shakespeare's scenes in mind, actors turned up, and then directors randomly pulled an actor’s name out of a hat. Everyone then had an hour to work on the scene which we then showed to each other. It was hilarious. Everyone was fantastic – and it took the pressure off of trying to create a ‘perfect performance’.

You can find more about our society on our Facebook group.

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