The AWARD WINNING Lavinia In Souliloquy!

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We are super chuffed to announce we have another winner among our nominations for the British Council’s #ShakespeareLives Competition! We have a huge fondness of Lavinia and are so pleased she has been recognised. It was a really rewarding collaboration with puppet maker and puppeteer Joanna May.

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Tilly wrote a a bit about the piece on her personal blog.

Titus Andronicus is a violent, bloody play where many people are mutilated and murdered. Lavinia is raped and then has her tongue cut out and her hands cut off so she cannot tell her father Titus of her assault. She eventually communicates it to him and in revenge he murders her attackers before killing his daughter out of shame.

Our Lavinia’s soul speaks to us directly – this voice cuts through the silence and her pain and shouts out at the injustice of her life and death. The use of puppetry in filming this souliloquy was important to give layers to how our Lavinia with no mouth or hands shares her story.

There is an important question for all puppetry work – why a puppet? I don’t think you could have a live person acting this work. Listening to it yes, a voice disembodied but an actual actor you see I think would detract from both the violence inflicted on the character and what she was reduced to. This little puppet shows us the depths of meaning of Lavinia’s words. So, listen.

Thank you again to everyone that voted, we have plans for Lavinia for 2017 so stay tuned for further adventures from this little poppet.

Meantime, enjoy a flashback to her celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th birthday!

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Please vote for Lady Macduff In Souliloquy for #ShakespeareLives!

We are excited to announce that Lady Macduff In Souliloquy – from Cycle 4 of this project has been nominated for the #ShakespeareLives Competition. Please vote for us!

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If you have already voted for us and you return to the website, barring any glitches it should be rather easy for you because a) you are potentially still logged in or b) you already have an account so click on login and get going. DO NOT try and login through any pop ups, instead click on the login button on the menu and follow that pathway through – then find video and vote.

If you have not voted yet and would like to: Here is a link directly to the registration page: https://films.shakespearelives.org/registration/ – because it is a glitchy website it works better to register first and then watch and vote. You can also find this page by clicking the login button on the main menu, scrolling down and clicking on register a new account.

To register using an email address it won’t work unless your password is exactly 8 characters total and has a capital letter, a number and another character (#$£%!). This feature is not explicitly stated on the website and it will just block you and say there is an error with the password. We suggest choosing a six letter word – capitalising the first letter and putting the symbol and number after ie. Juliet#5 – otherwise logging in through social media is apparently easier.

If you are logging in using social media and have verified your account, you should login in via the login button and page NOT THROUGH clicking on the video vote now and subsequent pop up. This feature just doesn’t work at all.

We have done very well on this platform and would very much love to continue with that so please do vote for Lady Macduff, show her some love as she doesn’t get much in Macbeth. As mentioned in previous posts… this is such great exposure for our project and we have already had a nice little bump in views for the featured videos but we need more votes (lots of lovely round 10s please) to raise our average scores and get us shortlisted as winners. Public voting is always a difficult thing and the best way we can actually ensure we do well on this platform is for loads of people we know to give us a bit of love.

Here is the direct link to the video: https://films.shakespearelives.org/nominees/51/lady-macduff-in-souliloquy 

 

Thank you!
Tilly, Victorine and Tracey x

 

 

The AWARD WINNING Ophelia In Souliloquy.

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We are very excited to announce that our Ophelia In Souliloquy has been given an award as part of #ShakespeareLives shorts festival run by the British Council.

We are very chuffed and super grateful to anyone and everyone who voted (it seems our videos because they were submitted on the same day were actually competing against each other which we didn’t know but DESPITE this and DESPITE the excruciating glitchyness of the website we are really happy).

We love our Ophelia. She was written from a place of rage, but is so defiant and beautiful in performance she transcends that anger into something much, much more. Victorine’s brainwave to film it in a bathroom also works really nicely. There is nothing more than stripped back honesty to this piece.

You can read about writing it here. Our talented actress Lilian Schiffer’s biography and links are here. You can watch the video here.

Thank you again! We shall keep you posted if anything further comes from it – apparently there is a continuing process…

 

 

 

 

 

#ShakespeareLives Nominations – vote for us please!

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We have had five of our Souliloquies nominated for the British Council’s #ShakespeareLives Shakespeare Shorts Competition! Once nominated these videos are voted on by a team of judges and the general public – we would love you to register and vote for us*

You get one vote (four categories) per video – so please do vote for all our 5 nominated ones:

This is a a great platform for our project and we have already had a nice little bump in views for the featured videos but we need more votes (lots of lovely round 10s) to raise our average scores and get us shortlisted as winners.

Getting nominated and being a part of this competition is really exciting for us and a wonderful acknowledgement of these great performances.

Thank you!
Tilly and Victorine x

 

*It’s a little annoying to register using an email address as it apparently won’t work unless your password is exactly 8 characters total and has a capital letter, a number and another character (#$£%!). This feature is not explicitly stated on the website and it will just block you and say there is an error with the password. We suggest choosing a six letter word – capitalising the first letter and putting the symbol and number after ie. Juliet#5 – otherwise logging in through social media is apparently easier.