Woman will be locked in shed for radical Shakespeare in Shoreditch experiment

Playwright Annie Jenkins will be locked in a shed in De Beauvoir during the Shakespeare in Shoreditc

Playwright Annie Jenkins will be locked in a shed in De Beauvoir during the Shakespeare in Shoreditch festival. - Credit: Archant

A playwright will be locked in a shed to pen 1,000 plays in a radical experiment during the 10-day Shakespeare in Shoreditch festival.

Armed with stories and anecdotes from visitors and local residents, Annie Jenkins has been challenged to carry out the feat to write a multitude of one-page plays in a wooden hut inside the Rose Lipman Centre in Downham Road.

The festival aims to celebrate the connection between Britain’s best known playwright and London’s most creative neighbourhood, portraying Shoreditch as a breeding ground for artistry both in the present and past.

A young William Shakespeare began to formulate his immortal, canonical works of literature and drama here, and is thought to have worked at “The Theatre” in New Inn Yard, as well as the Curtain, in nearby Hewett Street.

Meanwhile 10 new plays have been commissioned to radically re-interpret classics like King Lear, Hamlet and Macbeth, which will be performed promenade style from Haggerston down to Old Street between Wednesday October 1 and Sunday October 12.

Films, panel talks and workshops are also on the agenda.

For more information see www.newdiorama.com/whats-on/shakespeare-in-shoreditch.

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