Shakespeare on Toast.
Ben Crystal makes sense of Shakespeare by putting him back into context, taking us on an exploration of Elizabethan theatre and Original Pronunciation (the accent Shakespeare would have spoken in), and what a trip to a Shakespeare play in 1600 would be like. Relevant for all – younger people experiencing the Bard for the first time through to those who love Shakespeare and want to learn something new in this year of the 400th anniversary of his death. This is less of a talk and more of a performance, a master-class on the poetry style Shakespeare wrote in.
Ben Crystal, actor and author, is the artistic director of Passion in Practice and its Shakespeare Ensemble who have performed several plays in Original Pronunciation at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Ben gives workshops on performing Shakespeare around the world, and some of this can be seen at www.passioninpractice.com
Ben’s first solo book, Shakespeare on Toast was shortlisted for the 2010 Educational Writer of the Year Award, and in 2015 he co-wrote the highly praised Illustrated Dictionary of Shakespeare with his father, David Crystal.