The non-acting students of the Theatre Faculty JAMU created a puppet theatre performance called How Shakespeare is born: work in progress under the direction of Patrick Sims. The project is a co-production of the Theatre World Brno festival, the French ensemble Les Antliaclastes, the Czech Centre in Paris and the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts, and it will be presented in Hérisson and in Paris.
At the beginning there was a first folio and a portrait. Droeshout’s portrait. And then? The Shakespeare phenomenon. An author whose works are known the world over and are still required reading across continents. But who’s really behind them, we don’t know for sure. Poor Shaxper of Stratford-upon-Avon, Francis Bacon, a collective of women authors, a member of the royal family hiding behind a mask – or is it all still very different? Who do we believe in? And do we even need to know?