No, we are not hanging around the office singing about poor Yorik and his many gibes and gambols to the 80s-style tune of an old karaoke machine!
Shakespeare Karaoke is part of our innovative Shakespeare Virtual Labs. In the past, professional actors acted out a scene from selected Shakespeare plays, and we presented these scene with captions for students to follow along. The students then had the chance to fill in for one of the characters and act (virtually) alongside our actors.
This year we have decided to film new scenes, casting students as our actors. We hope to demonstrate how accessible (and fun!) Shakespeare can be, not only for professional actors but also for students first studying the plays.
We began yesterday with two very talented young actresses and are looking forward to a successful project!