Page extent: 128
ISBN: 9781849431262
Binding: PaperBack

I, Shakespeare

Tim Crouch

PaperBack (17 May 2011)

“This brilliant collection of re-imagined stories is a perfect introduction to Shakespeare for students of all ages. They are funny, fresh, intriguing and poignant, and use a supreme storyteller’s skill to bring us into the worlds of some of Shakespeare’s best-loved characters and plays. A must for all teachers who want to excite and inspire their students about Shakespeare’s work and the possibilities of theatre.”
Jacqui O’Hanlon, Director of Education Royal Shakespeare Company


I, Shakespeare brings together Tim Crouch’s take on four Shakespeare classics: Twelfth Night, Macbeth, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. These solo pieces are written for younger audiences but their originality and strength make them suitablefor any age. Each play in this collection combines the need to tell Shakespeare’s primary story with an opportunity for the secondary characters to finally have their say – Malvolio, Banquo, Caliban and Peaseblossom. Each play is different but all display a formal inventiveness and a philosophical playfulness that make them stand alone as brilliant examples of contemporary theatre.

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ISBN13 9781849431262
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 128


'If only the plays were taught like this in schools, nobody would ever say Shakespeare was boring.' The Guardian

‘Crouch, [is] making a tradition of solo shows in which Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead-like, he elaborates on the late, great Will's minor characters… delightful’ Huffington Post

'Combining humour, gore sorrow, elation, magic, showmanship and the complexity of human emotions to remind contemporary theatre fans why Shakespeare will remain relevant for all eternity.' Venue Magazine

'How fresh, funny, poignant and thought-provoking this hour-long piece - Crouch’s finest work to-date - is. Highly recommended.' Daily Telegraph on i, Malvolio

'An entertaining introduction to the Bard and an invaluable teaching aid, with much to offer both the novice and the enthusiast.... [they] work both as standalone productions and as worthwhile accompaniments to the plays that inspired them.' Exeunt Magazine

'Compellingly idiosyncratic portraits of four of Shakespeare's characters... Crouch's drama becomes a provocative examination of the voyeuristic nature of the art form... They left me wanting more I, Shakespeares.' Around the Globe

'funny, fresh, vibrant and often moving... A drama teacher might use one of these plays - or part of one- as a piece of solo practical work for GCSE or A level... They have potential for English & PSHE lessons too' Teaching Drama