The Shakespeare Hut Needs You!
We want you to take part in an exciting heritage project at the School this summer.
The Hut was built for the rest and recreation of NEW ZEALAND FORCES DURING WW1, with a particular remit to bring performances of Shakespeare's plays and poems to the troops on leave in London.
Resurrecting the Shakespeare Hut will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the YMCA Shakespeare Hut on the School’s Keppel Street site on 11th August 1916. The Hut was built for the rest and recreation of serving forces during the First World War, with a particular remit to bring performances of Shakespeare’s plays and poems to the troops.
Our project, made possible by a joint-award from the Heritage Lottery Fund, includes an audio-visual exhibition by Digital Drama and an afternoon of performances by The Mustard Club on 11 August 2016, to re-imagine the 1916 official opening of the Hut. We will use material sourced from the archives of the YMCA, the National Theatre and private letters and journals of people who visited and performed there.
The Mustard Club has led the School's Annual ‘World Mosquito Day’ commemorations for the past 6 years, creating dramatic and engaging performances from the Ross Collection in collaboration with the Library and Archives Service, the Malaria Centre and staff and students across the School. Resurrecting the Shakespeare Hut is their first collaboration with Digital Drama and forms part of ‘Space and Place’, the summer exhibition exploring of the history and future use of the School's Keppel Street site.
We are holding a briefing event for volunteers in a wide range of roles, such as researching the history of the Hut and the School’s early days, recording oral histories of local First World War family stories; and taking part in the theatrical performance. There are opportunities to work online on aspects of the project so you can take part if you are not based in London or the UK.
If you are interested in taking part or in sharing a family story of the First World War, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 15 April 2016. Otherwise we will see you there!