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Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home

A production by Forced Entertainment

From Sheffield, London & Berlin

FREE; available to view on demand through Dec 31, 2020 (GMT)
Tabletop Shakespeare's Hamlet

A salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A vase for the prince. A matchbox for the servant. A kitchen table for a stage.

Originally conceived in 2015, in Complete Works six performers create condensed versions of all of the Shakespeare plays, comically and intimately retelling them, using a collection of everyday objects as stand-ins for the characters on a stage made from a table top.

Complete Works has been performed in theater spaces across the world as well as being webcast to thousands of international viewers, however, while a global pandemic has shut down stages everywhere, the piece finds an intimate new life by ‘coming home.’ Rather than a table set against the red drapes of a theater, the objects find their starting positions on Terry's kitchen table or Jerry's desk as if they'd just been taken down from the surrounding shelves and cupboards of each performers' home. 

FREE; available to view on demand through Dec 31, 2020 (GMT)

Conceived and devised by Forced Entertainment
Performers: Robin Arthur, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O'Connor
Director: Tim Etchells
Text: Robin Arthur, Tim Etchells, Jerry Killick, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden and Terry O'Connor
Digital Production Management: Jim Harrison

Financially supported by the following partners: Kanuti Gildi SAAL; KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm; The Mondavi Center, UC Davis; PACT Zollverein; Romaeuropa Festival; Shakespeare Festival Neuss; Stanford Live at Stanford University; UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance and UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures. Also presented as part of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's 2020 Time-Based Art Festival. 

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