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New Play, Old Bard - Time After Time
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0503  Monday, 17 March 2003

From:           Frank Bramwell <
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Date:           Friday, 14 Mar 2003 15:43:31 -0000
Subject:        New Play, Old Bard - Time After Time

A professional production of a play that deals with a night in the life
of William Shakespeare is to be performed in the next two weeks in
Birmingham, England. This highly original and fascinating play explores
the mind of the one of the world's most active imaginations, as
Shakespeare moves through his dreams meeting characters and themes from
his real life and from the plays he wrote. Many Shakespeare characters
will be recognised, and as well as being entertaining, some of the
dominant themes and issues of his life will be presented.

Fellow SHAKSPEReans who would like to see this play can do so on Friday
21 & 28 March at no cost - simply email me on 
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  or ask
for me on the door on those nights. It would be good to meet people for
real (rather than as names and emails!) and hopefully it will provide an
opportunity to debate the play and the questions it raises.

Regards,
Frank Bramwell

*****
 A new play by Frank Bramwell  Directed by Marcus Fernando

        "In night time dream, imagined fancies do freely fly"
                . . . . . . . Did sleeping Shakespeare dream of You and I?

The first production in Birmingham's newest and loveliest performance
venue
St. John & St. Peter's Church, Ladywood Middleway
March 19 to 22  &  26 to 29 at 7.30 pm

A time for exciting Adventures and Dreams
A night for Shakespeare's imagination to run riot
A play when characters from his real life and plays collide!

Will Shakespeare falls asleep, agitated and under pressure to write his
next play. Be transported with him into a mesmerizing dream world, where
he finds himself haunted by his own creations. Watch as his characters
come to life before his eyes . . .  . only this time they answer back!

A major new play by Birmingham born Frank Bramwell, and a fascinating
insight into how the mind of a genius might work. If you're already a
fan of Shakespeare, this play promises to amuse and intrigue, but it
also serves as an enjoyable introduction to those less familiar with the
world's most celebrated playwright.

Tickets 10.00 (6.00) 0121 236 5622 / 0121 605 7000
& usual ticket outlets, or on the door.
Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.30pm

Enquiries and group discounts 01785 213144 or visit www.
birminghamarts.org.uk/organisation

*****
St. John & St. Peter's Church, Ladywood Middleway, Birmingham

A bright and warm welcome awaits you at St. John & St. Peter's,
Birmingham's newest performance venue. After 8 years of planning and
development, this beautiful building is now ready to combine its
conventional church role with its new role as an exciting performance
space for Birmingham.

Bus     8A, 8C Inner Circle bus, 66 to/from New St Station
Car     From Five Ways, follow Ladywood  Middleway north to the next
roundabout (1/2 mile). Turn left at the roundabout and immediately take
the first right into Darnley Road.
Parking         Ample free parking around the church.
Facilities      Light refreshments and toilets within the church, full
disabled access.


It's Shakespeare... but not as we know him...
In March, an exciting new play is arriving in Birmingham that promises a
whole new look at our Bard. The production is packed with exciting
features which not only promise a very special night of theatre to help
watchers better appreciate the world's most celebrated, and studied
playwright.

The Play...
"In night time dream, imagined fancies do freely fly,
And to their bidding, your hopes, our craft, must so comply."

Imagine being able to enter into not only someone else's dream world,
but that belonging to one of the most active imaginations in history.
Time after Time is a play that does just that, introducing its audience
to the mesmerising potential of Shakespeare's dreams: Falling into a
troubled sleep, agitated and struggling to match life's demands with
artistic desire, an ordinary Will becomes haunted by his unborn
creations and the tethers that bind him. Watch as his characters come to
life before his eyes, and metamorphose where time & mortality have no
boundaries.

Time After Time is a fascinating insight into how the mind of a genius
might work. It breaks through the dry perception of 'the great'
Shakespeare and attempts to fuse this idealised image with one of
Shakespeare the man.

Why should we be interested?
Anyone interested in furthering his or her understanding of Shakespeare
would benefit from seeing Time After Time. It not only echoes the style
and themes of many of his plays, but seeks to interpret him in a fresh
context. By encouraging its audience towards a humanistic understanding
of the Man, the intensely human nature of his plays can emerge. From
there come links to Shakespeare's continued relevance today, and just
how vast his influence has been. Time After Time, it is hoped, will
allow us all to return to Shakespearean texts with a fresh perspective,
and a renewed interest!

The play also promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable, not to mention
exciting theatrical experience. It is the first production to be
performed at Birmingham's newest venue - St John and St Peter's Church
in Ladywood.  After 8 years of planning and development, this beautiful
building is now ready to embrace both its conventional role with that of
an exciting, atmospheric performance space. Where better could Time
After Time, as a mixed-media event, transport us into a dream world?

Are there any extras?
On request, we can supply a teacher's pack including information about
both the inspiration and the history behind the creation of Time after
Time along with useful points for post-performance analysis.

Question and answer sessions with the cast/director after the show, or
extramural workshops can be organised. Heart Productions prides itself
on working with and for its audience so we actively encourage any such
links you feel might be useful.

How do we find out more?
If you are interested in either finding out more about Time After Time
or wish to make a booking, please contact Heart Productions on 01785
213144 or 
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  . Posters and further leaflets are also
available on request.

We hope this is of interest to you, and look forward to hearing from you
soon.

Katie Hayes
Heart Productions

p.s. Please note that as there are only 8 performances over a 2 week
period, we may be obliged to limit party numbers for late bookings.

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