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‘Nicked’ the stories that Shakespeare stole!
2nd September 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm| £7
Shakespeare was the ultimate story thief, combining elements from what he read, saw and heard from smaller tales and weaving them into the epics we have come to know, love and occasionally recoil from (especially if we were forced to study them!). But, in this 400th anniversary year of his death, there’s a reason why his stories and poems live on. Shakespeare not only understood the heart of a great tale, but he also understood how to magnify the conflict within them, heighten the comedy and tread the tightrope of political tension. “Nicked” is an exploration of some the stories both known, and presumed, to have influenced Shakespeare. Expect the unfamiliarly familiar.
Saul Jaffe studied Drama at Exeter University and began his storytelling career with The Besht Tellers, collaborating with them on both “Telling Tales” and “Tales From Home.” The latter of which was a collection of stories told by Jewish, Irish and Afro-Caribbean storytellers. His solo storytelling began at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, where he also trained their education practitioners in storytelling craft. It was there that his interest in the stories behind the Bard’s plays emerged, and he’s been following it in a haphazard way ever since, most recently telling the tale of “Pyramus and Thisbe” there as part of the “Shakespeare’s Telling Tales” festival, with the help of musician Ansuman Biswas.
His one-man show, “Merrick, The Elephant Man” received critical acclaim both here and in New York as part of the “Brits Off Broadway festival” and was the subject of an academic article recently published in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, in the USA.