Shakespeare twisted for project at library

Eight scenes will be performed around the library building.
Eight scenes will be performed around the library building.

Shakespeare is being given a contemporary twist in a Scarborough library project to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

North Yorkshire County Council’s library service secured Arts Council funding to work with Scarborough-based Beach Hut Theatre Company on a project that began by taking extracts of eight scenes from Shakespeare plays.

Local writers then used these scenes as starting points to reinterpret the Bard’s work with a short contemporary scene.

On Saturday 16 July, these eight pairs of scenes will be performed repeatedly under the title Natural Shocks at different locations around the library building between 10am and 2pm.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, executive member for Library and Information Services, said: “This is another way of enabling people to see their library in a different way.”