The 24th edition of Gdansk Shakespeare Festival is coming soon!
From the 20th of November our audience will be able to watch Festival’s performances, this time, due to Covid-19 regulations, online only.
There are live-streaming presentations planned as well as recordings, moreover all Mainstage performances accompanied by Q&A discussions after the show. And – surprise – the access to all the shows is free!. The only thing you need to do, is register at the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre VOD platform. Details will follow soon.
See the PROGRAMME of 24th GDANSK SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2020
20 November at 19.00 – the Festival Opening by Professor Jerzy Limon, Artistic Director
28 November at 17.00, ShakespeareOFF – verdict announcement – Audience award and „Shaking the Walls” award.
Additional event presented as a part of Shaking the Walls project:
29 November at 18.00, SUSS!, dir. by Charlotte Böving, RaTaTam theatre group, Iceland – after the performance a discussion with artists and experts on domestic violence and human rights is to be live-streamed from Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre.
Parrabbola and the partners from across the project are coming to Gdansk to make a community play, the final artistic cooperation in the European Collaborative project – Shaking the Walls organized by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Shaking the Walls explores the walls and barriers, visible and invisible across our societies. The project partners come from Ireland, Iceland, Czech Republic, Poland and the UK, and will all meet within this community performance.
Every community play or event is crafted to that community, in the UK, Europe or internationally, because every community is different. Parrabbola spans the generations with its community theatre work.
Authoritarianism, Borders, Censorship, Domestic violence, Equality.
The barriers and walls that divide us are everywhere; some you can see and some you can’t.
In this Parrabbola project, co-created with all of the Shaking the Walls partners and with community participants from Gdansk, we’re going to do some shaking and some breaking down of those barriers.
If Shakespeare wrote about and exposed all these issues – why are we still talking about them? Haven’t we learnt anything? Weren’t we listening?
Will you listen when we talk about them now? And will you shake the walls?
The performance will combine references to all the partner projects, with Shakespeare scenes and extracts, and some other new writing that has been commissioned from around the world.
The Call for Participants is now open. You can be a part of this performance – we need people from the Gdansk community who would like to participate in this production. No experience is necessary, just a willingness and enthusiasm to be part of the production – speaking, acting, singing, and dancing. It’s always great fun, and hard work, and we will make great things together!
Because of the current virus situation, we can’t hold our usual casting days, so we’ll work on zoom to meet all of you at a couple of sessions in October. But at this stage, you should just SIGN UP. Come and be part of it!
We closely monitor pandemic situation and will act accordingly to the restrictions and available options – in case live performance is not possible we will go online and make the best we can with available tools.
The production will be presented in the programme of 24. Gdansk Shakespeare Festival and is planned to be presented on 21, 22, 23 November 2020.
Artistic team involved in the development of the production:
UK Parrabbola: Philip Parr (Director), David Monteith (Performer), Brian D Hanlon (Designer), Andra Chelcea (Producer),
UK York: Sonia DiLorenzo, Benedict Turvill (Performer)
Ireland: Maggie Hannon (Performer)
Czech Republic: Jana Ryslava (Performer and Movement Director)
Iceland: Gudmundur Ingi Thorvaldsson (Perfomer, Composer, Musical Director)
Poland: Pawel Sudara (film maker) Filip Gesse (Associate Designer)
We are thrilled to inform about the new date for the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival in 2020, which could not happen in Summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but is planned to take place from 20th to 28th November 2020.
The organisers – Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre and Theatrum Gedanense Foundation are closely monitoring the situation and hope, that with all respect to sanitary restrictions the organisation of the event will be possible in the planned timetable.
The mainstage presentations are compised on theatre productions from Lithuania, Italy, Japan and Poland. There is also a surprise planned – the first Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre own production of the “Tempest”, directed by Szymon Kaczmarek, which will open the Festival.
Moreover a number of ShakespeareOFF strand artistic events will be presented.
The Gdansk Shakespeare Festival has been organised annually since 1997 and has been a laureate of European EFFE Award for the best EU Festivals 2017/2018.
We do believe we should have the opportunity to greet our Festival Audience in the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival this year. See you in the theatre!
ShakespeareOFF 2020 Competition Finalists were selected!
The Secection Board of the ShakespeareOFF 2020 Competition – Jerzy Limon (Artistic Director of Gdansk Shakespeare Festival), Katarzyna Knychalska (ShakespeareOFF Curator 2020) and Joanna Śnieżko-Misterek (Festival Coordinator) – has selected 10 of the 22 projects submitted for presentations at ShakespeareOFF strand which is a part of 24th Gdańsk Shakepseare Festival (on 20-28th November 2020). The selected presentations will compete for the ShakespeareOFF awards.
The following presentations have been selected:
„Aktorzy przyjechali”– Wiesław Cichy i Marek Kocot, Wrocław, Poland
„Burza”– Teatr Makata, Warszawa, Poland
„I come to you River. Ophelia fractured” – Studio Kokyu, Wrocław, Poland
„Mobbing Dick (Shakespeare’s Lovers)” – Caroline Pagani, Italy
„Nazwisko” – Prokopiuk&Kraińska, Bytom, Poland
„OTELLOTONIGHT!” Teatr Przedmieście, Rzeszów, Poland
„OtHello” Parrabbola, Great Britain
„Po Otellu” Teatr Strefa Otwarta (Anna Rakowska i Piotr Misztela), Wrocław, Poland
The abovementioned presentations will be assessed by the ShakespeareOFF Competiton Jury comprised of: Anda Rottenberg, Piotr Cieplak, Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, appointed by Jerzy Limon, the Director of Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre.
ShakespeareOFF is a festival strand of fringe presentations since 2016 run as a competition. In the last two years it has also been a part of “Shaking the Walls“ project co-financed by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
ShakespeareOFF 2020 Competition deadline is prolonged until 30 July 2020!
Due to the fact that the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival has been postponed this year as the result of Covid-19 pandemic, the ShakespeareOFF Competition dealine has also been prolonged. We are waiting for your artistic event application until 30 July 2020, 15:00 (Warsaw time: CET+1).
The Regulations has also been amended considering the difficulties of Covid-19 situation, and therefore the application do not need to include the video recording of the show, but may take a form of a detailed description of the project/script.
ShakespeareOFF Competition 2020 (for the presentation of artistic events)
The aim of the Competition, established in 2016, is the selection and presentation of the most interesting artistic events based on, or inspired by, the works of William Shakespeare, produced by independent artists from Poland and abroad. The shows selected will be presented as part of the ShakespeareOFF programme at the 24th Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival, and evaluated by the Competition Jury. The total prize fund is 15000 PLN. The application deadline is 31 July 2020. Please apply at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ShakespeareOFF 2020 is a part of ”Shaking the Walls” project, co-financed as part of European Union’s Creative Europe programme. The aim of the project is the artistic interpretation of walls, divisions, borders – physical or metaphorical – everything that separates people from each other, both individuals, as well as social or ethnic groups, including nations and countries. The topic of ”Shaking the Walls” project is the keynote theme of ShakespeareOFF 2020.