Although quite the opposite might be the case in A Midsummer Night's Dream, for the Blind Cupid Shakespeare Company Helena’s words, "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind," have provided the inspiration for an outpouring of work that aspires ‘to encapsulate the beauty of traditional Shakespeare’ in a way that makes it accessible to all in the modern world.
aims to bring fresh, inclusive, collaborative, empowering classical theatre to international communities
In this endeavour it ‘aims to bring fresh, inclusive, collaborative, empowering classical theatre to international communities in order to encourage continued relationships across borders and backgrounds, reaffirming that theatre connects people from all walks of life and belongs to everyone’. The company is international and neuro-diverse with artists from across the breadth of theatre creatives who generate both live and virtual professional theatre in addition to workshops, events and audio content.
The Company’s most recent project is a collaborative audio drama with Quarantine Kids Storytime, an online community arts and entertainment initiative based in Brighton. It was established in 2020 by Sascha Cooper of Crimson Horse Theatre, and Alice J Crouch and involves actors reading stories for children via their YouTube channel during the current pandemic. Using the same medium, Blind Cupid is now releasing a series of twenty adaptations by Charles and Mary Lamb of Shakespeare's plays on Saturdays and Sundays in a season that began on 10th April and runs till 13th June. The posters for the series imagine children being transported on an underground journey of Shakespearean discovery with a new play at each station.
The content is available to listeners for free, with an Eventbrite available for donations from those who feel they can afford to support the enterprise and help them on their way to the Costa Blanca where they hope to take their productions in the near future.
The stories can all be listened to here:
Performers include: Rosalind Blessed, Jack Chandler, Sascha Cooper, Claire Coull,Alice J Crouch, Reuben Beau Davies, Seerche Devereaux, Marc Di Francesco amongst others.
The BCSC team includes: Joe Staton (Artistic Director), JT Stocks (Managing Director), Alice Lussiana Parente (Executive Producer), Elize Layton (Project Development), Frances Knight (Social Media Manager).
Editing: Jack Chandler. Graphics: Alexander Kireev.
Their website contains more about the collaboration and the company: