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Quandary Collective

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Flat 6, 11 Great Ormond Street
London
Greater London
WC1N 3RA

18 Weelsby Avenue
Grimsby
Lincolnshire
DN32 0AQ

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Quandary Collective

Richard II & "God I Hate Shakespeare" Workshop

Female-led theatre company Quandary Collective are touring their radical adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Richard II' to outdoor venues around the UK this August and September. We're popping up at Stage @ The Docks in Hull on 24th and 25th September and are offering a 2 hour long "God, I hate Shakespeare" workshop, which will empower and demystify Shakespeare for 16-21 year old young performers from disadvantaged backgrounds who may not think Shakespeare is for them.

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Finished on 02-08-2021

Picture this:

A kingdom in which a woman is presenting as a man to hold on to power, where feudal law has returned due to global ecological collapse and the ravaging effects of the pandemic. A place where a war is brewing between neighbouring lands, and the politics of old and young wrestle with each other to maintain a fragile peace.

Can you imagine it? We bet you can… it’s not so different from our world.

Quandary Collective’s Richard II blends Mad Max: Fury Road with Game of Thrones to deliver a bloodthirsty outdoor exhibition. This fearless adaptation blends Shakespeare’s text with visceral movement and live electronic music, investigates deeply what it means to lead a country, the devastating effects of toxic masculinity, and why gender continually seems to matter in positions of power.

“For you have but mistook me all this while…”

What is the price we have to pay for wanting autonomy over our own lives?

Female-led theatre company Quandary Collective are touring their radical adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Richard II' to outdoor venues around the UK this August and September. We're popping up at Stage @ The Docks in Hull on 24th and 25th September and are offering a 2 hour long "God, I hate Shakespeare" workshop, which will empower and demystify Shakespeare for 16-21 year old young performers from disadvantaged backgrounds who may not think Shakespeare is for them.

In these uncertain and frightening times, we can choose to isolate and put up walls, or we can actively break down barriers and embrace our differences. Here at Quandary Collective we are striving to find ways to connect with one another, human to human, through the stories we tell. As theatre makers, we crave honesty and clarity. As a female-led company, we are making our voices heard. Co-founder, Assistant Producer and Richard II’s Director Annie McKenzie (she/her) is also an actor and a writer. Annie is passionate about creating devised, collaborative and organic work, and retelling classic stories in an original and dynamic way. Co-founder, Script Editor and Lead Producer Coco Maertens (she/her) is taking on the title role in Richard II. Coco loves making graphically human stories come to life on stage with grit and integrity. We are proud of our European heritage, and are making work in the UK for touring nationally and internationally. With a cast comprising new graduates and seasoned performers, Coco and Annie are bringing together years of industry experience to create this timely, bold and visceral adaptation of Richard II. Quandary Collective - because the whole world is in a bit of a quandary at the moment, but perhaps together we can claw our way out.

Over the last 2 years Coco and Annie have created a model for education and theatre that’s bringing Shakespeare to life for a new generation. We have started exploring this work in a series of hugely successful research and training workshops with a group of actors from all different ages and backgrounds, exploring themes including Shakespeare soliloquies, verse and violence. In 2020 we worked with Sussex University to deliver workshops to young people from Gypsy/Roma/Traveller backgrounds. We are currently developing workshops for young people aged 16-21 to accompany our open-air tour of Richard II in 2021. These workshops will focus on performing Shakespeare and their main aims will be to empower participants and give Shakespeare back to the people, where he belongs. The workshops will break down the mythology and sacredness of Shakespeare’s work and will be fun, interactive and performance based. The company will actively reach out to disadvantaged young people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to this type of training and has been developed by the team, many of whom are working class and come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Reg Number: 06455490 | Charity Number: 1125856