20 or under? Video record a Shakespeare speech for a chance to win a pair of tickets to both parts of Bring Down the House, an all-female epic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy.
As part of our celebration of the premiere of Bring Down the House we are launching Show Us Your Shakespeare – a video competition to encourage and challenge young people all over the Puget Sound region to put their own spin on Shakespeare.
Anyone who is age 20 years old or younger can record a video, no longer than 90 seconds, of a speech from any of Shakespeare’s plays. BUT, it’s got to be for a character that is the opposite of your gender.
Are you up to the challenge? You, a camera, and the words of Shakespeare. Nothing else is needed. A rogue? A fool? A lover? A ruler? Pick who you want to be and give it a go.
And, if you’ve never attempted to speak a Shakespeare speech out loud…well now’s your chance. We’re inviting you to give it a try.
All video entries will be judged by a panel from Seattle Shakespeare Company and upstart crow collective. We really want to see your creativity shine. We want to see you connect with a character or a situation. There’s no absolutely correct way to approach this challenge. Make us see something new. Show Us Your Shakespeare.
And hey, this isn’t an audition. Show Us Your Shakespeare is intended for enthusiastic amateurs and it’s meant to be fun.
The competition closes on
January 13, 2017 at 5PM. Now extended to Monday, January 16, 2017 at 5PM.
What Will You Win?
Three winners will be chosen. Each winner will receive.
- A voucher for a pair of tickets each to part 1 and part 2 of Bring Down the House
- Your video displayed on our website
- Your video displayed in our lobby during the run of Bring Down the House.
What must the video have?
- Only you on camera. You should try to talk directly into the camera
- The speech should be filmed on a single take. No editing, no special effects, no zooming.
- Maximum of 90 seconds
- Start your video by telling us your name, which character you’re performing, which play it is from, and why you’ve chosen to perform the speech you’ve chosen.
How to enter
- If you’re satisfied with your video, upload it to a video sharing site such as YouTube or Vimeo.
- Title your video with your first name and Show Us Your Shakespeare (example: “Sally – Show Us Your Shakespeare”).
- Copy the url of the video once it is uploaded to the video sharing site.
- Then fill out the entry form to send your video before Friday, January 13, 2017 at 5PM
- We will contact the winner the week of January 23, 2017.
- Share your video with friends on social media and use the hashtag – #showusyourshakespeare.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Need an idea on how to start? Start looking at Shakespeare’s speeches. There are hundreds of them. If you’ve got a favorite play, start there. If you need some inspiration, here’s a link to some of Shakespeare’s monologues:
Want to see some actors speaking Shakespeare’s speeches? Check out these links: