Chicken Shop Shakespeare


Chicken Shop Shakespeare is collaborative project based in Leeds and the North of England. We bring Shakespearean words and scenes to unexpected situations, environments and new audiences.

When we first started shooting Shakespeare in Chicken Cottage, all the lads in the street thought we were shooting a grime video. We felt the pieces had something… and it grew from there; working in new locations, bringing in a larger cast and learning about Shakespeare.

We feel Shakespeare’s work could be set anywhere – in a Neolithic village or on a space ship; the stories and characters are universal, yet unpredictable. Contemporary settings work because people have always been the same - being good, being bad, making mistakes, in chicken shops or castles, in BMW’s or on horseback.

Chicken Shop Shakespeare has so far cost about £22, on train tickets and chicken. Moving forward we’re looking at exploring more issues that affect us; money, class, racism, drugs, violence, love. The ultimate goal would be to make a feature.

If you like these we'll do more - please get in touch with suggestions for scenes/ asides/ soliloquies and we'll try and do them. chickenshopshakespeare@gmail.com

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KING LEAR - A1 S2

Edmund, the bastard son of Gloucester is enraged over the distribution of his fathers wealth. He feels great injustice, as his legitimate brother Edgar is in line to receive to lion's share of his fortune.

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Edmund - Tom Didlock

Film - Rob Blake

Co-producers

Lladel Bryant
Tyron Maynard
Rob Blake
Silas Parry

Thanks to the brilliant Royal Fisheries (best chippie in Hyde Park)
42B Royal Park Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 1HX
0113 274 2200



Here Cassio has given his girl, Bianca, some underwear that he found in his room. Cassio is unaware they were planted there by Iago, who is trying to ruin his life.
Bianca is obviously not happy about this and is convinced Cassio is cheating on her (which he may well be). In our version, Cassio is having a fry up with Iago, who plays his friend but is really conniving to destroy him.

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Bianca - Leah Francis
Cassio - Tyron Maynard
Iago - Tom Didlock

Film - Rob Blake

Co-producers:

Lladel Bryant
Tyron Maynard
Rob Blake
Silas Parry

Thanks to the good people at Olympic Cafe, and its customers.
(olympic cafe
6 New Market Street
Leeds LS1 6DG
0113 244 3873 )




Shakespeare's first sonnet was originally written as an encouragement to a young man not to waste his youth and beauty by remaining without child. In our new piece we have re-contextualised it as good advice - from an older sibling to a younger brother - to have pride and confidence in his own personality, and emerging manhood. The older brother is urging his growing counterpart not to throw away his potential -- and opportunities the world is offering him -- through a lack of self-belief.

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Perfomed by: Lladel Bryant and Akwia Bryant

Film: Rob Blake

Producers: Tyron Maynard, Silas Parry, Lladel Bryant, Rob Blake





King Lear has grown old and wants to give up the throne. He divides the kingdom between his three daughters -- but first demands that they declare their love for him. This bad judgement is a symptom of his ageing and increasingly unruly character -- a lack of clarity that only grows worse; while his two oldest daughters smother him with praise, the youngest and most favoured child refuses to go along with the pantomime, and says there are no words to describe her love for him.

Enraged, King Lear betrays his most loyal ally at a time when his rule is increasingly frail. Further undermined by his two power-hungry daughters, Lear's initially powerful personality crumbles, and he gradually loses his grip on reality. He spurns the cold hospitality of his manipulative daughters and wanders through a thunderstorm, accompanied only by a foolish clown with support from a loyal ally.

In this excerpt, Kent (the loyal ally) and Oswald (servant to a disloyal daughter) argue outside Gloucester's castle (Woodhouse Chinese take-away). Kent is annoyed at Oswald for insulting King Lear. This outburst is the anger of the loyal moralist (Kent) against the sycophantic and immoral (Oswald).

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Earl of Kent: Lladel Bryant
Oswald: Richard Miles

Film: Rob Blake

Thanks:
Silas Parry
Tyron Maynard
Woodhouse Chinese takeaway (0113) 245 0942





At this point in the play Phebe has been offended by a young man (actually a woman dressed up - but that's another story), and although she is annoyed about this, she still finds herself attracted to him. Phebe tells Silvius; her friend (who fancies her), about how she feels, cruelly aware of how that is affecting him.

From its original setting in a forest we have transposed this situation to the Bramley to Leeds train, and perceive the pair as old friends, who have played out this dynamic for a long time. Phebe is in control here and we sense her manipulation of Silvius, using his infatuation and misguided optimism to get what she wants.

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Phebe: Shireen Farkhoy
Silvius: Tyron Maynard

Director: Rob Blake

Producers:
Tyron Maynard
Silas Parry
Lladel Bryant
Rob Blake






Talking to the Friar, Romeo hears he's been banished by the Prince for murdering Tybalt; in revenge for the death of Mercutio. Enraged, he laments his imminent banishment from the city and separation from the love of his life. He pleads with the Friar for a method of suicide because he feels he can't live without Juliet.

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Romeo:
Lladel Bryant

Film:
Rob Blake

Thanks:
Aguila Bryant
Silas Parry
Chicken Cottage





Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 explores a man's insecurities about growing older. Although he's quite aware of his young mistress's infidelity, he's so appreciative of her sexual attention that he chooses to ignore it.

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Performed by :
Tyron Maynard

Film:
Rob Blake

Thanks:
Aguila Bryant
Silas Parry
Chicken Cottage



Merry Wives of Windsor _ A2 S1

Mistress Page is excited to receive a love letter, reading it at Jack Fulton's she's very surprised by the sender.

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Mistress Page: Victoria Delaney

Film: Rob Blake

Producers: Tyron Maynard, Silas Parry, Lladel Bryant, Rob Blake






Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 is about love at its most ideal, and the inadequacy of words and actions to express such a pure emotion.

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Performed by: Tyron Maynard

Film: Rob Blake

Thanks:
Silas Parry
Lladel Bryant
Brudenell Social club


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