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To celebrate LGBT+ History Month presented by Arts & Culture Diversity Forum for Somerset

Performance artist Tom Marshman, premieres his brand new show ShakesQueer devised exclusively for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Tom Marshman elegantly intertwines his personal experience of Shakespeare with queer voices of the past in this fun, energetic multi-artform show.

Tom has had an uncomfortable relationship with Shakespeare in the past, from experiencing a badly cast production of Troilus and Cressida to discovering what 'to be or not to be’ actually means. Now he is ready to revisit the Bard, and by using the voices of queer actors and musicians who have connected with Shakespeare’s legacy, Tom hopes to find new ways of making Shakespeare relevant for himself and other queer people today.

In this brand new show devised exclusively for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, audiences are transported to a queer closet to hear the shocking stories that circle the Shakespeare legend.

This work has been made possible by the support of Arts Council England.

This event will be live-streamed free via YouTube - book online below - and straight after the performance will be a post-show Q&A with Tom, facilitated by Take Art as part of the Arts & Culture Diversity Forum for Somerset. Email theatre@takeart.org to book your place and receive a Zoom link together with more event details.

Note: Arts & Culture Diversity Forum in Somerset. In partnership with Somerset Film and Somerset Art Works we continue to facilitate a twice-yearly forum event.  On a different theme each time, this forum represents a safe space for artists and venues to have honest conversations, share ideas and best practice, increase confidence and challenge perceptions around issues such as gender balance and class.