THE WALLS of Shakespeare’s Birthplace are preparing to have some familiar faces beamed onto them.
Residents in Stratford will have a chance to see themselves projected onto the Henley Street building as part of an innovative digital light installation next month to kick-off the 400th anniversary year marking Shakespeare’s death.
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is offering CV37 residents free entry into the Birthplace (with proof of address) on Saturday (December 19), where they will be invited to delve into a Tudor dressing-up box and film their memories of the bard against a green screen.
These memories, along with vocal and written recordings captured throughout November and December, will be brought together to create a brand new special one-off lightshow debuting at Shakespeare’s Street Party on Henley on Saturday January 2.
Shakespeare’s Street Party – a free community event organised by the trust for the people of Stratford – will start at 4pm.
It will include family and live entertainment from local musical talents including The Booty Duo, John Bird and Victoria J Wilson.
Rounding up the evening will be a special lightshow featuring the people’s memories of Shakespeare, developed by digital artists Illuminos, creators of Illuminating Shakespeare 2015.
Philippa Rawlinson, Director of Operations at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said: “We’re really excited to launch this significant anniversary year of 2016 – 400 years since Shakespeare’s death with a wonderful party for the people of Stratford.
“Through this wonderful project we want to achieve a high quality artistic installation that will engage people in both its creation and projection. We want to use the participatory elements to evoke and capture what Shakespeare means to everyone involved, enabling them to be part of Shakespeare’s legacy.”
Visit www.shakespeare.org.uk for further details.