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Threads of the Unsaid

Contribute to an amazing immersive retelling of Romeo and Juliet

Take part in our experiment to crowd-script an artistic installation of Romeo and Juliet

21 July - 1 September, 12 pm - 4 pm

This summer, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is collaborating with award-winning sound and visual artist Thor McIntyre to create an experimental art installation based on Romeo and Juliet; with a twist. This is the story not as Shakespeare penned it, but as it lives on in our hearts and minds. 

An extraordinary mobile ‘Recollecta Salon’ will extract and collate the many ways people recall and relate to this famous story via their spoken word. Their written words will be woven into a scarlet web of woo and woe, which will grow and unfurl into a tunnel of scarlet red threads woven around the orchards of Anne Hathaway's Cottage. 

Finale - Meet the Artist

1 September, 12 pm - 4 pm

Threads of the Unsaid will culminate on 1 September when the piece will be transformed into an immersive sound installation that will give voice to the crowd-scripted masterpiece.

Join us for the finale of Threads of the Unsaid and be part of an amazing retelling of Romeo and Juliet.  Visitors to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage will have an opportunity to meet the artist behind Threads of the Unsaid, and enjoy a day of family-friendly fun, celebrating the theme of peace and reconciliation, including live poetry by the Wandering Poet, canvas watercolour painting sessions, meditation classes and hair braiding.

The threads of this project will also reach out across the globe, pulling in contributions online via the hashtag #giveascript.

Get involved

Inspired by Threads of the Unsaid we’ll be running a series of three creative challenges. Join us on Twitter or Instagram  and share using the hashtag #giveascript.

Challenge one:

Summarise the plot of Romeo and Juliet in a creative way. Use an illustration, creative writing or maybe even emojis! Don't worry if you don’t know or can't quite remember the story, the more creative the better!

Challenge two:

Creatively represent a quote from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Recall your favourite quote and place it with or on a modern-day image. This could be a found image or one of your own.

Challenge three:

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? You may recognise this line as part of the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. As one of the most often quoted scenes, we’re inviting you to recreate it in a photo. You could get creative by yourself or invite others to join you. Or if you’re shy think about what else you could use - LEGO? Dolls? Play-doh?

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