Bards without Borders: Shakespeare's Dead, Get Over It!
Performed in English (mainly), but also Bengali, Hindi, Dari, Somali, Arabic, Old Yugoslavian, Swahili, Yoruba, Spanish.
Opening: April 23, 2016, touring nationally until July 10, 2016.
(Tour: Rich Mix, April 23; Brighton University, April 29; Shoreditch Town Hall, April 30; Matthew's Yard, Croydon, May 20; Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham, May 21; Hounslow Arts Centre, June 11; Birmingham Library, June 18; Southbank Centre, London, June 19; Global Fusion, Greenwich, June 24; Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, July 2; Ledbury Poetry Festival, July 10)
Bards without Borders is a London collective of poets from refugee and migrant backgrounds creating new work in response to Shakespeare. Our poets hail from all corners of the Globe including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Jordan, Somalia, Tanzania, Nigeria, former Yugoslavia, Jamaica and Colombia. Our current tour, titled "Shakespeare's Dead, get over it!" critically explores Shakespeare's legacy from a Global, multilingual, cross-cultural and post-colonial perspective. Highlighting how Shakespeare really shines a light on our very own experiences of love, loss, life, migration and displacement.
Directed by Laila Sumpton and Arne Pohlmeier
More related to the performance:
Our poets Barbara Lopez Cardona and Fatima Diriye were part of a panel for the BBC World Service: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03qndsm
Our poets Edin Suljic and Hamdi Khalif, wrote a blog for English PEN: https://www.englishpen.org/translation/pen-atlas-bards-without-borders-on-shakespeares-legacy/
The Evening Standard did a feature of another poet, Haroon Mahdi, for their website: http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/bards-without-borders-a-global-shakespeare-experience-on-the-400th-anniversary-of-his-death-a3232146.html
Reviews of the April 23 show:
From Emily May, A Younger Theatre, April 24: http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-bards-without-borders-rich-mix-shoreditch/
-"a cross-cultural rock concert."
-"a sacred, spiritual exploration of the Bard."
-"all the right ingredients for an multicultural investigation of Shakespeare’s relevance 400 years after his time."
-"A standout performance."
From Laura Sampson, Everything Theatre, April 26: http://everything-theatre.co.uk/2016/04/bards-without-borders-rich-mix-review.html
-"delivered with quiet passion."
-"I am grateful that Bards without Borders made me see, more clearly than I had before, that Shakespeare is truly a giant of World – not only English – literature. His works bring people together in a way that transcends traditional ideas of what theatre, or community are."
Funding: Arts Council England and Counterpoints Arts
Photography by Ludovic des Cognets