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The Third Big Day of 2015-2016 theatre season: a tribute to William Shakespeare on Sunday, February 7th (29/01/2016)

Big Day Shakespeare

On Sunday, February 7th, from 10.00 until 18.00, Thessaloniki’s heart will beat at the Society for Macedonian Studies at the Third Big Day of 2015-2016 theatre season dedicated to William Shakespeare.
The National Theatre of Northern Greece participates at “Shakespeare Lives” -British Council’s global programme of events and activities, celebrating the world’s most popular playwright’s work on the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016- with two productions: “Romeo and Juliet on the road”, directed by Stelios Hatziadamidis for NTNG Youth Stage and “Macbeth”, translated into Greek by Dimitris Dimitriadis and directed by Anastasia Revi, at the Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies.

Theatre educators, directors, actors, academics and playwrights will participate in NTNG’s Third Big Day, with research papers, narrations, readings and dramatised texts, all sharing the same objective: the public’s deeper acquaintance with William Shakespeare, the virtuoso of tragedy and comedy.

Big Day Shakespeare Programme
  • Theatre workshop for professional actors “When the mind meets the emotion and the emotion the mind. Man in the centre of Shakespeare”
Using as material for exploration monologues and scenes from “Twelfth Night”, “Hamlet” and “Othello”, the workshop explores the world of the great poet through the structure of the language, the atmosphere created and the “sculpture” in his approach of the complexity of human nature.

Start time: 10.00
Duration: 4 hours
Tobias Deacon, actor, graduate of Harrow and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Specialised in Shakespeare. Artistic Director of Scaffold Shakespeare Company.
Up to 12 participants (registration required)
The workshop will be in English.
  • Theatre workshop for Drama School students “Shakespeare’s sonnets”
Anastasia Revi dramatizes Shakespeare’s sonnets using her method.
There will be a presentation of the workshop’s outcome by the participants.
Start time: 10.30
Duration: 5 hours
Anastasia Revi, director, Artistic Director of Theatre Lab Company
Up to 15 participants (registration required)
  • Theatre workshop for young people (aged 14-17 years old) “For a Romeo and a Juliet”
Reading Shakespeare in a youthful and contemporary way, we grab pencils, climb on chairs and discuss on a Romeo and a Juliet ... on the road!
Start time: 10.30
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Stelios Hatziadamidis, playwright, director, actor
Eirini Karachristou, political scientist, M. Sc. Sociology
Up to 15 participants (registration required)
  • Psychodrama for adults “Magic potions”
In Shakespeare’s plays, the heroes often metamorphose, at critical moments, using magic potions. Utilizing psychodramatic techniques, this workshop’s participants will be able to discover their own “magic potion” and come in contact with spontaneity and creativity.

Start time: 11.00
Duration: 3 hours
Foteini Papacharalampous, psychologist
Up to 15 participants (registration required)
  •  Theatre workshop for children (aged 5-8 years old)  “A trip to a dream!”
Theatre, music, movement workshop. A letter and a magic potion initiate a fantastic trip in a distant forest. Along with Shakespeare’s heroes, children experience different characters and situations, employing their imagination and creativity. They are called to work together as a team to reach their goal.

Start time: 11.30
Mara Bacha, theatre educator
Maria Chatziangelidou, theatre educator
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Up to 15 participants (registration required)
  •  Theatre workshop for children (aged 9-11 years old) “Exploring relationships with my family and my environment through Shakespeare”
Human relationships and especially those developed within a family is a recurring theme in many of Shakespeare’s plays. This workshop explores different kinds of relationships with the help of the work of the great playwright, aiming to help children express themselves creatively and recognize the value of relationships from the days of Shakespeare until today.

Start time: 12.00
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Maria Nomikou, Partnerships & Programmes Manager – British Council
Up to 15 participants (registration required)
  •  Presentation: “Approaching Shakespeare”
The young people of NTNG’s theatre workshops associate their work with the performances “Romeo and Juliet on the road” and “Macbeth”.

Start time: 13.00
Duration: 30 minutes
Eirini Zoi, theatre expert
  •  Presentation “Interview with a Shakespearean hero”
Journalists Maria Ampatzi, Lemonia Vasvani, Ioannis Kyfonidis and Alexandra Chatzigeorgiou become writers. Through their texts they interview Hamlet, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, playing a familiar role, that of the journalist.

Start time: 13.45
Duration: 25 minutes
Journalists: Maria Ampatzi, Lemonia Vasvani, Ioannis  Kyfonidis and Alexandra Chatzigeorgiou
Actors: Giannis Gkrezios, Maria Kotini, Konstantinos Liaros, Antonis Michalopoulos
  •  Presentation “Shakespeare’s sonnets” Workshop

A presentation by the participants of Anastasia Revi’s workshop for Drama School students.
NTNG’s Artistic Director, Mr. Yannis Anastasakis will open the presentation, reading Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Start time: 16.00
Duration: 30 minutes
  • Presentation “Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare - an object theatre approach from “a! katalachou” team”
The main scenes of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet” come alive through object theatre and live music. A foot theatre puppet and three bunraku puppets perform the play’s main roles and narrate the tragic fate of the two young people from Verona.

Start time: 16:30
Duration: 10 minutes
Concept: a! katalachou team
Directed by: Koldo G. Vio
Puppeteers: Marios Mevouliotis, Eleni Giannoussi
Puppet Construction: Voula Karakitsiou, “Antama pantachou” team
Music on stage-music composition: Pavlos Metsios
  • Round Table: “Why Shakespeare today”
Anastasia Revi, director, Artistic Director of Theatre Lab Company
Tobias Deacon, actor, Artistic Director of Scaffold Shakespeare Company
Mihalis Sionas, actor, director
Christos Theodoridis, actor, director

The discussion will be coordinated by Tina Krontiris, Professor of English Literature at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, writer.
  •  Cinematic Shakespeare
Thessaloniki Cinema Museum-Film Library presents the same scene from three film versions of the same Shakespearean play. Three versions of the same play.

Start time: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00,15:00
Duration: 1 hour
Selected-edited by: Eirini Delidaki, Archaeologist, museum-educator, Maria Papasotiri, Head of Educational Programmes – Thessaloniki  Cinema Museum, Giorgos Raptopoulos, IT Applications Specialist – Thessaloniki Cinema Museum.
  •  Exhibition of costumes, models, posters and programmes of Shakespeare’s performances, staged by the NTNG, during the 55years of the theatre’s operation.
Start time: 10:00
Duration: 6 hours

Big Day Shakespeare is realized with the support of: the British Council and Protoporia Bookstore.

Free entrance to all events.

For registration, please contact NTNG’s Literary Office: tel. 2315.200.029, Tuesday-Friday 10.00-15.00 (Mrs. Konstantina Matziri).