Students on the Shakespeare Institute's MA Shakespeare and Creativity postgraduate degree course collaborated with the Royal Shakespeare Company to present an original civic work in The Other Place.
'What We May Be' was a unique, immersive and interactive art exhibition, centered around a catwalk runway. As the public audience weaved around the gallery, they met and interacted with some of Shakespeare’s most famous and infamous identities.
The masquerade event was intended to be a toe dip into Shakespeare and thoughts about identity, paving the way for future examination of both these topics and sparks curiosity through self-exploration. An idea that started as a fashion show developed into a full exhibition.
The catwalk idea originally came from a fun take on Garrick’s attempted Shakespeare character promenade during his 1769 Jubilee celebration, which was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather.
Ruff and Tumble is the student run company created by the current cohort of MA Shakespeare and Creativity students at the Shakespeare Institute. Elements of the MA Shakespeare and Creativity programme are co-led with the RSC, which gives students the opportunity to study the life and work of Shakespeare while creating new works. These creative projects allow the students to take what they’ve learned about Shakespeare in the classroom and bring him into the community.
Find Ruff and Tumble at:
- Instagram: @ruff.andtumble
- Facebook: Ruff and Tumble-Shakespeare and Creativity 2019/2020
- More photos from the event [Victoria Beddoes]