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Shakespeare in Shorts – Launch Party

On Thursday 3rd March, 30 of Fettle’s friends and supporters turned out to give our latest project a good send off at the Shakespeare in Shorts Launch Party!

We launched Shakespeare in Shorts in the splendid Media Centre, during Huddersfield Literature Festival on World Book Day – just fabulous!

Thanks to Brent Woods CEO of the Media Centre for hosting us and the Cafe Ollo staff for looking after us, to Dalit Lauren from The Firm Music Group and Kath Shackleton from Fettle who spoke at the event.

We also screened exclusive behind the scenes videos to show how the series has been made. Thanks to Trinity Vision for their work on these.  We showed composers and musicians from The Firm, Fettle’s talented team Zane Whittingham, Kath Shackleton, Ryan Jones, Laura Tattersfield, Phil Jeffery, Julia Young, Luke Sault and Tamara Webster, talking through the process of how they made the films. Congratulations and big thanks to all involved.

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During our Shakespeare in Shorts launch party, Fettle friends assembled to watch six Shakespeare plays (Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Macbeth and The Tempest) having been bitesized, hip-hopped and animated to make them fun and accessible for younger children. 

We’ve kept them true to the original text, but brought them up to date to make young pupils want to know more about the bard and his wonderful work.

We also raised a glass to toast William Shakespeare on the 400th centenary of his death in April.

We worked with BBC Learning and the Firm Music Group on this project, with advice from storyteller Susanna Meese and teacher and actor John Chapman.  Many thanks again to all involved.

We got great feedback about our work – here’s what was said;

“Really funny, funky and informative”

“Amazing what you can fit into 3 minutes and still get repetition of key points and themes.  Loved the animation visuals.  Absolutely fascinating “behind the scenes” info.  Really positive to see the job roles/collaboration between the team and SO creative.”

“Years of studying Shakespeare and struggling to get it and KAPOW! 45 minutes and 6 plays understood no probs!  Entertaining, funny, heartwarming, cool and unforgettable.”

“LOVED them!  Think they’ll go down well with the target audience and attract people who might otherwise find the idea of Shakespeare offputting or daunting. Thankyou!”

“At last, aged 61 I understand Shakespeare! Such fun, I couldn’t stop tapping my feet!”

“Fascinating to watch the process.  Wonderful films and music – I can now remember the stories!”

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Thanks to all who came along and to especially to those who made their own epic contributions to our Shakespeare colouring competition.  Adults and kids joined in and brought plenty of fun and creativity to the evening!

The films are now a free resource available to all on BBC Bitesize and can be accessed here

The behind the scenes films will be on our website next week!