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with Tom Marshman

Get ready to be transported to a queer closet to hear the shocking stories that circle the Shakespeare legend.

Performance artist Tom Marshman elegantly intertwines his personal experience of Shakespeare with queer voices of the past in this fun, energetic multi-artform show ShakesQueer.

Tom has had an uncomfortable relationship with Shakespeare in the past, from experiencing a badly cast production of Troilus and Cressida to discovering what 'To be or not to be’ actually means. Now he is ready to revisit the Bard, and by using the voices of queer actors and musicians who have connected with Shakespeare’s legacy, Tom hopes to find new ways of making Shakespeare relevant for himself and other queer people today.

In this brand new show devised exclusively for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, audiences are transported to a queer closet to hear the shocking stories that circle the Shakespeare legend.

The performance will be followed by a post-show talk and Q+A with Tom Marshman, who will be joined by Sarah Peterkin from Take Art. Tom will share the creative process behind ShakesQueer, answer questions from the audience, and invite a discussion on the importance of championing underrepresented voices. To join this post-show discussion, simply remain in the Zoom room after the performance.

Book online for your free place.

This performance is free to enjoy, but we encourage donations in order to support our work and keep Shakespeare's story alive. 

Take Art is an arts development organisation for Somerset supporting creativity across the county. In partnership with Somerset Film and Somerset Art Works, Take Art facilitates the Arts & Culture Diversity Forum in Somerset. The Diversity Forum represents a safe space for artists and venues to have honest conversations, share ideas and best practice, increase confidence and challenge perceptions around issues such as gender equality, inclusion and class.

This work has been made possible by the support of Arts Council England.

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