Arts of the UK 2020: Bard In The Yard by Will & Co
LONDON – What if Shakespeare had undergone a quarantine back in the 1600s? Award-winning company Will & Co is here to do just that, as they imagine the Bard himself stuck at home during a plague in London in Bard In The Yard.
Presented as a 40-minute long socially distanced one-person show across private gardens, courtyards, parks and outdoor spaces of London, Bard in the Yard sees Shakespeare struggling with writer’s block while quarantined at home. Expected to come up with his magnum opus, he’s decided to visit various gardens of London to have a socially-distanced brainstorm on where to begin.
During his monologue, the Bard will revisit his greatest hits in order to reignite his inspiration, by performing extracts from ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Henry V’ and many more. His journey from the working title of ‘The Most Lamentable Comedy of King Leonardo, his Three Daughters and their Dog’ will take twists and turns through moments of song, stage-combat and tales of 16th century London life.
Created with the intent of bringing people closer to Shakespeare, Will & Co believe that in this time of crisis, more than ever, there is a need to share the Bard’s works encapsulating the common emotional heritage of humanity. With Bard in the Yard, the no frills, no set, single actor and quill setup harkens back to storytelling at its roots, focusing on using imagination and theatre to transform your garden and transport you back in time. Come celebrate the joy of live performance with Bard in the Yard, and look forward to the day live theatre reopens once more.
Bard in the Yard streams from 10th July 2020. For more information, visit their website here