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Shakespeare at BBC Gardeners World Live
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0784  Tuesday, 26A April 2005

From:           Ben Spiller <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Apr 2005 12:00:25 +0100
Subject:        Shakespeare at BBC Gardeners World Live

Hi there

To follow on from Daniel Traister's notice on a very interesting
Shakespeare-garden event (thanks Daniel), 1623 theatre company will be
performing Shakespearean scenes in a Globe Theatre Garden at this year's
BBC Gardeners' World Live at the National Exhibition Centre in
Birmingham, UK.

The garden has been designed by a student from Broomfield Horticultural
College in Derbyshire and features flowers, plants and trees from
Shakespeare's plays including Juliet roses on a balcony, Titania's bower
and Ophelia's brook with an overhanging willow.  Venus the Goddess of
Love will be making a special guest appearance to guide visitors through
the plays and the garden.

For more information, here is the 1623 website:  www.1623theatre.co.uk
(the site is still in its formative stages, although there is a holding
page with lots of information on the company and its work on Shakespeare
in non-traditional theatre spaces).  The BBC Gardeners' World Live
website is here:  www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com.  The event takes place
between 15 and 19 June, and the Globe Theatre Garden is the first garden
you will meet when you enter the NEC.

I am the Artistic Director of the company and am currently attempting to
secure some funding/sponsorship for marketing material.  As the company
is still very young (we formed last Summer), we are very keen to raise
our profile and this prestigious annual BBC event seems the right moment
to focus on raising awareness.  I am approaching Penguin books at the
moment because, as many of you will already know, the Penguin
Shakespeare series is being re-issued with new introductory essays (I've
read Carol Rutter's Macbeth work so far; it's stunning), and it seems
that the new series and our company would both benefit from exposure at
the event (the plan is to distribute publicity material for the Penguin
Shakespeares alongside our own).

So, if you or anyone you know may be interested in supporting us with
publicity costs (only a few hundred pounds at the most), I'd be very
interested to hear from you to discuss mutual benefits of publicity at
this huge national event.  My address is 
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I'm willing to share my 'phone number offline.

Please also contact me if you're interested in receiving an information
pack, which details the company's work so far and outlines our plans for
future development (particularly Shakespeare in rural venues including
village halls).

Best wishes,
Ben.

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