|Reclaim Shakespeare Company: action is eloquence|
|Tuesday, 24 April 2012 20:10|
Members of the newly-formed but up-and-coming Reclaim Shakespeare Company delivered an unexpected birthday present to the Bard on his birthday, (23.4.12), by making an unexpected intervention before the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of 'The Tempest' at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon:
A letter of protest at BP's cultural hijack was published in the Guardian on 23.4.12:
More here: http://bp-or-not-bp.org, including links to numerous reviews of this foray, and another 2 days later, this time an a cappella intervention before the press performance of 'Twelfth Night', also at Stratford
Ladies and Gentlemen, there will now be a two-minute performance by the Reclaim Shakespeare Company.
What country, friends, is this? [raises programme] Where the words of our most prized poet
Strange association! [Performer One unveils image of BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster] They, who have incensed the seas and shores
Who have unleashed most foul destruction [Performer One unveils image of tar sands] Upon far Canada’s aged forests,
Who even now would bespoil the high, white Arctic [Performer One unveils image of
And yet –
They wear a painted face of bright green leaves, Mask themselves with sunshine.
And with fine deceitful words
But this great globe of ours is such stuff as dreams are made on. Most delicate, wondrous, to be nurtured
Let not BP turn these dreams to nightmares.
Do we sleep?
Let us break their staff that would bewitch us!
Audience starts to applaud.
We invite you to join us in tearing the logo from your programme.
Please help us to free the arts from BP.