Bard Heads - Shakespeare meets Alan Bennett

Bard Heads – Shakespeare meets Alan Bennett

Here at FTW HQ we are dead chuffed! Our show ‘Bard Heads’ is a palpable hit! We always secretly knew this, but it is nice to have it confirmed by people ‘in the know’. On Saturday night, 12 November, we performed the last two ‘Bard Heads’ in our collection of six one actor shows at the Everyman Studio in Cheltenham. Over the past five years we’ve gained a bit of a following and, much to our delight, Saturday night’s show was sold out!

Here’s a taste of ‘The Third Witch From The Left’ and ‘Call Me Oz’ – if you like what you read, you can catch both shows again this Saturday (19 November) at Tangley Parish Hall, near Andover thanks to Hog The Limelight Rural Touring Scheme:

Imagining what might have happened next in Macbeth, Meg, the ‘third witch from the left’ is haunted by what happened on that Scottish heath, and undertakes a time-travelling journey to find the answers.

Meanwhile, sweet prince Osric, who witnessed Hamlet and the Danish royal family meet their untimely end, is finally ready to talk about it in therapy 45 years later.

And if you are still wondering whether or not to record ‘Strictly’ and come out for the evening, have a read of our 4 Star review from Saturday night:

BARD HEADS at the Everyman Studio, Cheltenham

Not bad eh? Thank you Stage Talk Magazine for your insightful words. By the way we take the point about getting more from the show if you are familiar with the two parent plays – no question about that. However we maintain that the monologues still stand alone as pieces of theatre even if you are clueless about the originals, and previous audience members concur:

“Thank you for a wonderfully entertaining evening. I didn’t know anything about Twelfth Night – now I’m going to go home and read it!” (Morgans Vale and Woodfalls Village Hall)

“No need to be a Shakespeare fan! Quality acting! Spellbound by the performances”  (Arnside Village Hall, Cumbria)

“It put the fun aspect back into traditional Shakespeare” (The Theatre by the Lake, Keswick)

Have we blown our own trumpet enough now?  I think so! There has certainly been a lot of Trumpeting going on this week (see what I did there?). Before I go, let me introduce our final new FINDNG THE WILL Associate Practitioner – the highly skilled Angela Sims:

Angela Sims Associate Practitioner

Angela Sims Associate Practitioner

Angela trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is a qualified Lecturer in Speech and Drama, teaching Voice at the Central School of Music and Drama and working with students of all ages to develop communication skills. Alongside her professional acting work, Angela works in the corporate field and is also an Examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

We’ll talk to you all again before Christmas, meanwhile Richard and I are saying cheerio to Shakespeare for 2016 (after Saturday that is) and hello to Cornwall and the Eden Project’s Father Christmas Experience…….intrigued?



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