We asked you to send in your Shakespeare Selfies, and video clips relating to the festival. This one really packs a Punch…
Take a look at our ambitious interpretation of the Battle of Agincourt, taken from the PSF 2018 production of Henry V, which commemorated the centenary of the end of the First World War. Directed by Jake Smith and choreographed by Chris Cuming.
With just a week to go before the launch of the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 online Festival, Monologues and More, we are delighted to share the programme of exciting performances which will be available each day from 16th-25th July.
Although it has not been possible to stage our planned open-air production of Romeo and Juliet, this greatest of all love stories remains the theme for PSF2020.
At the heart of the Festival are the winning entries in our Shake it Up monologue writing competition, which have provided a rich seam of talent, and some fascinating insights into the lesser known characters of the play.
So please find a few minutes each day between 16th-25th July to sit down with us and enjoy the diverse and exciting new work created by PSF friends old and new.
And just in case Romeo & Juliet requires any more of an introduction, you can brush up your Shakespeare by viewing the synopsis below.
An age-old vendetta between two powerful families, the Capulets and the Montagues erupts into bloodshed. A group of masked Montagues risk further conflict by gate-crashing a Capulet party. A young lovesick Romeo Montague falls instantly in love with Juliet Capulet, who is due to marry her father’s choice, the County Paris. With the help of Juliet’s nurse, the women arrange for the couple to marry the next day, but Romeo’s attempt to halt a street fight leads to the death of Juliet’s own cousin, Tybalt, for which Romeo is banished. In a desperate attempt to be reunited with Romeo, Juliet follows the Friar’s plot and fakes her own death. The message fails to reach Romeo, and believing Juliet dead, he takes his life in her tomb. Juliet wakes to find Romeo’s corpse beside her and kills herself. The grieving family agree to end their feud.
Monologues and More Online Festival 2020
Programme of Events
Thursday 16th July 2020 – Romeo & Juliet: Prologue by William Shakespeare
Friday 17th July 2020 – Rosaline’s Suitors by Charlie Zarb
Saturday 18th July 2020 – Post Mortem by Jacky Hilary
Sunday 19th July 2020 – Undressing Friar John by Tom Lynas
Monday 20th July 2020 – Violent Delights by Laura Turner
Tuesday 21st July 2020 – The Nurse’s Lament by J L Dean
Wednesday 22nd July 2020 – Tybalt’s Truth by Charlie Girdlestone
Thursday 23rd July 2020 – Juliet by Bea Harmston
Friday 24th July 2020 – Scapegoat by Chris Hollis
Saturday 25th July 2020 – Friar Laurence’s Confession by William Shakespeare
Further information on all these pieces coming soon…
Stay tuned for fringe extras – audience anecdotes, interviews with directors, writers, designers and more!
In anticipation of the launch of our 2020 online Festival, we thought you might like to see a few clips from our past shows. Here is the opening dance from our 2018 production of The Taming of the Shrew, performed at the Theatre Royal, Winchester, following a sell-out open-air run at Petersfield.
We reckon that PSF is greater than the sum of its parts and a massive part of that sum is YOU – our loyal and enthusiastic audiences and participators! We’d love you to be involved in the PSF2020 online festival.
We are producing a short piece for our website and social media platforms which captures first-hand experiences of our events. We would very much like to hear from you via audio, video or photo with your highlights, anecdotes and reviews of festival visits and shows over the past eight years.
No sophisticated techniques or equipment are required, just a short recording on a phone will be perfect.
PSF is about so much more than the plays; it’s a very special experience shared by performers, staff and audience together.
We would love to encapsulate this atmosphere in a digital way to remind ourselves and the wider world what we have to look forward to again next year.
Please help us to do this by sending us your digital clips, comments and pictures via Wetransfer
by Friday 10th July.
We look forward to seeing your Shakespeare Selfies!
PSF Digital Festival
16th – 25th July 2020
In anticipation of the launch of our 2020 online Festival, we thought you might like to see a few clips from our past shows. Here is the opening storm and shipwreck sequence from our 2016 production of The Tempest, with Karen Ascoe as Prospera.
We have been hoping for as long as possible that we might be able to stage this year’s Festival but, with heavy hearts, have concluded that it cannot take place. Even though the performances are open-air, with the persistence of COVID-19, we feel it would be difficult to guarantee the safety of both our company and audiences.
All is not lost, however! To keep the spirit of the Festival alive, during the PSF2020 dates 16th -25th July, we will be posting daily snippets of Shakespeare, new writing and interviews on our website and social media platforms. So, you can get a little fix, or virtually introduce your friends and family to PSF.
Earlier in the year we ran a creative writing competition, Shake It Up, when we asked for short dynamic monologues inspired by the characters in Romeo and Juliet. The winning entries were going to be performed as curtain raisers for our centre-piece production of Romeo and Juliet. We are delighted that now we will be able to give you a digital taste of a few of these exciting new pieces. Watch out for more details!
We are hugely disappointed to let down our loyal audiences and talented cast and production team for this year, but rest assured, PSF 2021 will be a renaissance of plays and picnics with fresh ideas and new theatrical possibilities.
If you feel that theatre needs a little nurturing in these challenging times and are able to make a donation, however small, to help secure the future of PSF, we would be immensely grateful.
Keep safe and well.
With best wishes
Clare Glancy and Lucy Hollis