Spotlight on: Shakespeare Society

As the curtain rises on another year, Eleanor rutter explains why you should get your tights on.

Can you tell me about Shakespeare society? 

Shakespeare Society is a friendly and open environment for lovers of both Shakespeare and wider forms of art. We love experimenting with new ways to read and perform Shakespeare and welcome anyone who is prepared to give it a go. This year, we are aiming to make the society 50% performance and 50% academic-based to ensure that we can involve as many people as possible.

What was your favourite production from last year?

My favourite production was probably ‘A Midsummer Nightmare’ -a comedy spoof of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ done in the style of ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’. It was a lot of fun both on and off the stage and everyone just had a really good time with it.

Can anyone audition for shows?

Absolutely! It does not matter if you were born quoting Shakespeare, or if you have never even read one of his works before you audition. All you need is enthusiasm and commitment, and a willingness to try new things.

What are you most looking forward to this year? 

As Education and Outreach Officer, I am most looking forward to increasing the number of academic discussions and workshops we have and expanding the reach of the society by collaborating with others. I’m really aiming to make the society 50/50 academic/performance.

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a part of Shakespeare society at Royal Holloway?

That’s easy, everyone is so friendly! Joining Shakespeare Society in my first year really made me feel at home at university and really helped me to settle in. Everyone was so welcoming.

Do you have any advice for potential new members?

Just throw yourself in! Don’t be afraid to try something new, and have fun with it. We will have a stall at the Fresher’s Fair if you want to come and chat with us, and we will be running events and taster sessions throughout Fresher’s Week for people to get involved in. You can also contact us on our Facebook Page if you would like more information.