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!