The British Council and London's Old Vic have joined forces to create a new digital platform that will allow digitally-savvy theatre lovers and school children the chance to direct a scene from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Joe Murphy, 2016 Baylis Director at The Old Vic, has directed a cast of young actors in Act Three, Scene Two from Dream, in which queen of the fairies Titania mistakenly falls in love with the hapless craftsman Bottom, whose head has been transformed into that of a donkey.
Thirty-six different versions of the scene have been shot, using a variety of set designs, actors and lighting and styles of music, to offer 108 possible permutations of the same scene.
Users of the platform will be able to mix these pre-recorded film samples to create their own individual “director's cut” of the scene, which can then be downloaded, shared on social media or used for classroom learning.
In a press statement, Murphy commented of the initiative, “Mix the Play opens the doors of The Old Vic to everyone, anywhere in the world, inviting them to sit in the director's chair and create their own version of one of Shakespeare's most iconic scenes: it's a completely unique way of interacting with Shakespeare.”
For more information visit mixtheplay.britishcouncil.org.