One of the new things Kingston Shakespeare is doing this semester is playreading in collaboration with our friend Gerald Baker. We are doing three plays from the Shakespeare apocrypha: Fair Em, Mucedorus, and The Merry Devil of Edmonton. There’s a connecting link this term and it’s called Shakespeare Volume One–three plays that were bound together in a book of that title in the King’s library before the Civil War.
This new thread in the KiSS programme begins by reading three plays which were ascribed to Shakespeare as early as the first half of the 17th century, without apparent commercial motivation.
Come along to the reading and choose a role (first come, first served). You don’t need to know the play in advance, and you don’t need performing experience. We’ll just sit down, start reading and go through to the end.
Fair Em is one of the earliest surviving commercial playhouse scripts. William the Conqueror goes a-wooing to Denmark but changes his mind when he gets there……Before the end, this personal emotion will lead to invasion and war. Meanwhile, the daughter of the Manchester miller is being courted by three of William’s lords: disguise, subterfuge, slander, are all part of this wooing process–which will also end only on the battlefield.
Moreover, our own Richard Wilson will talk about the play in relation to Shakespeare’s Lancashire connections.
We will convene on Thursday Oct 13 in our usual space (the Gallery) at the Rose Theatre, Kingston starting at 6.30 pm. See also the event page on Facebook!