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6 May 2021

ShakespeareOFF alternative strand of the Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival consists of two competitions:  ShakespeareOFF Productions (three laureates are presented in the festival programme) and ShakespeareOFF Presentations (performances qualified for the finals are presented and the best is seleced by the Jury during the festival).

The prize in the ShakespeareOFF Productions Competition is financial support for the production of an artistic event based on the works of William Shakespeare. The premiere of the event will take place during the 25th Shakespeare Festival in Gdańsk. The funding equals PLN 10,000 for each winner of the competition.

The ShakespeareOFF Presentations competition involves completed artistic events, the authors of which, qualified for the finals, will present themselves to the public during the Festival and compete for financial prizes.  The overall prize money equals PLN 15,000. In the ShakespeareOFF Presentations Competition, the winners will be selected by a Jury consisting of three members: Anda Rottenberg, Piotr Cieplak and Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk.

22 projects were submitted to the ShakespeareOFF Productions Competition and 19 events were submitted to the ShakespeareOFF Presentations Competition. The Selection Committee, consisting of Acting Director of the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre Maciej Sowiński, ShakespeareOFF 2021 Curator Katarzyna Knychalska and Festival Coordinator Joanna Śnieżko-Misterek, decided to select 3 winners of the ShakespeareOFF Productions 2021 Competitiont and 10 artistic events for the finals of ShakespeareOFF Presentations 2021 Competition.

Winners of the ShakespeareOFF Productions 2021 Competition:
– “Mist” – company/ Artur Grabarczyk
– “Reciprocation” – Zakład Krawiecki Theatre/ Paweł Palcat
– “Shakespeare: mockup” – girl collective “blisko”/Mira Manka, Anna Rogóż

Finalists of the ShakespeareOFF Presentations 2021 Competition:

  • “The actors have arrived” – Wiesław Cichy, Marek Kocot
  • “And now the owls let us add the wings …” – Jakub Snochowski
  • „I Come to You River: Ophelia Fractured” – Studio Kokyu
  • „Island of Whispers” – Parrabbola&Teatr Strefa Otwarta
  • “Name” – Middle East Artists’ Association
  • “About The Two – puppets show” – Barnaby Theatre/ Marcin Marzec
  • “Portions” – Zdenka Pszczołowska, Anna Oramus
  • “The lost years” – Ewa Mikuła
  • “Shakespearean Women” – Shakespeare Gang/ Magdalena Dąbrowska and ensemble
  • “Shakespeare – r e i n k a r n a t i o n s” – Teatr Układ Formalny/ Adam Michał Pietrzak

Both competitions are organised by the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre and Theatrum Gedanense Foundation at the 25th edition of the Shakespeare Festival in Gdansk. The artistic events selected for the competition will be presented in the programme of this year’s ShakespeareOFF.

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15 October 2020

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)

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31 August 2020

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

„OTELLO  TONIGHT!” Teatr Przedmieście, Rzeszów, Poland

„OtHello” Parrabbola, Great Britain

„Po Otellu” Teatr Strefa Otwarta (Anna Rakowska i Piotr Misztela), Wrocław, Poland

„stormy protest song” – Monster Hurricane Wihajster (Monika i Hubert Wińczyk), Poznań, Poland

„TEFILIN” – Bartłomiej Gąsior, Warszawa, 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.

There will be 13 shows altogether presented in ShakespeareOFF strand selected in two competitions: The ShakespeareOFF Competition (10 shows mentioned above) and 3 shows selected in the support of artistic productions competition. The latter are not assessed by the Jury.

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.

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10 May 2020

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:

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.


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21 April 2020

Competition Board of the new ShakespeareOFF Competition – Support to Polish Artistic Production has selected the following projects to be subsidized:

  • BU FILM  „Glorious Summer”
  • Kolektyw Kejos – „Epitafium Błazna”
  • Kolektyw Kobietostan – „Ofelie”

The performances will have their premieres during the 24th Gdansk Shakespeare Festival taking place on 20-28 November 2020.

Moreover, two stand-by projects were selected providing any of the above productions could not be realized due to pandemic situation we are facing. There are the following productions:

  • Grupa MASH „romeo & juliet. $RAVEdefinition$”
  • Teatr Alatyr „Perykles, książę Tyru”

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