#BHCC Communities Fund 2022-23: we have received a Resilience Grant from #Brighton&Hove - hooray!

We're delighted that #BHCC have given us a grant towards Apples and Eyes 2( young people's autumn school) + Wildfest

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The four day autumn school with young people from our partner organisation Trust for Developing Communities + Wildfest will both take place during the half term week in October in #OneGarden in #Stanmer Park.

The creative arts festival is free to all residents and non residents of Brighton and Hove and will feature theatre, music, dance, participatory workshops and stalls.

The theme of Wildfest is the natural world.

Wildfest will be from 10:00 - 18:00 on Saturday October 29th - please tell your friends and be there to join in the fun and celebrate the environment in all it's glory.


#ACE grant for Young People's Apples and Eyes 2 autumn school + WILDFEST in #OneGarden, #Brighton

We're thrilled to have received an Arts Council grant to run a second young people's autumn school + community arts event in #OneGarden, #StanmerPark. #Brighton

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The beautiful 18th c walled One Garden will be the venue for our first community arts celebration open to all residents of Brighton & Hove and elsewhere.

The festival is free.

The date of Wildfest is Saturday October 29th 2022 from 10.00 - 18.00

 Wildfest is an inclusive community festival, a celebration of the benefits our amazing and unique environment can bring to the enjoyment of performance and the arts, enriching and transforming lives.

There will be theatre, music, dance, story telling, environmentally themed participatory workshops, stalls plus food and drink.

The Apples and Eyes 2 autumn school for young people will be held with our partner Trust for Developing Communities in One Garden earlier that same week. It follows on from our very successful Arts Council funded summer school last year in Racehill Community Orchard in partnership with #BrightonPermaculture and #TrustforDevelopingCommunities.




#Summerschool in #Cagli theatre from July 14 - 22 - photos, feedback, poems etc with directors #Chris Luscombe & #VikSivalingam

We had a sensationally good time and the theatre on stage was cool with NO AIR CON because the thick stone walls kept the heat out.

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FEEDBACK from participants -

To be in Cagli for the Summer School 22 was really an exciting experience. It was so successful. It would not be possible without your efforts and encouragement. I cannot express my great thanks and  gratitude enough for your kindness and generosity. Majeed Mohammed Midhin from Iraq

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Cagli - what a beautiful place, full of character, with a wonderful theatre to work in. I hope that there will be a chance to come again. Simon Edginton from UK

I did enjoy the summer school and I really want to work with you guys again. Chumki Mitra from India

Wonderful town and fabulous theatre to work in. Lovely people everywhere you go in Cagli.  Hotel, theatre, restaurants. Also not touristy and so not expensive. David Choules from UK

A really good summer school and I’m definitely up for next year’s. Emma Rayner from UK

The next course will be in spring or autumn 2023 to avoid the great summer heat. Several days running we had temperatures in the high 30C's.

The Trustees of Shakespeare in Italy are making a large donation to The Woodland Trust to help offset carbon emissions caused by participants coming to attend and return from the summer school. The Woodland Trust is the largest Woodland Conservation Charity in the UK

We run a poetry competition every year. Demmi - Lee Smith aged 21 won it with -


Demmi - Lee is a recent acting graduate from Institute for Contemporary Theatre in Brighton @ICTheatreUK 

There once was a bud,

Young and Na├»ve in it’s essence,

Who went to Shakespeare in Italy,

Further seeking to grow in her adolescence.


The bud grew brighter, brawny and besotted,

Bursting with confidence and presence,

While it gained wiseness of Shakespeare,

In such a ray of pleasance.


The largely grown flower was dejected,

To see it all such end,

Whilst oozing with enlightenment

Of all the wisdom she comprehends,


As the adventure is quickly finalising,

The flower is slowly idolising,

All the possibilities are vitalising,

This magical moment

She will cherish

Till the end.


The Brilliance of Shakespeare in

Young people that everyone

Thought had died,

This flower carries on her

Stem of all of his derived

The subdivide of lovers,

The pride that must be kept,

The Comedy of Antipholus

And that Egeon found up west.

O poor Beatrice in her state of rage

Struck with a love that implied so blind.


So to everyone this is my farewell.

Our #AssociateArtist Lucy Bailey directs #MuchAdoAboutNothing @The_Globe

Acclaimed director Lucy Bailey has a slew of excellent reviews for her new production that opened at the beginning of May - please see some below

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Link to Lucy talking on BBC R4 about the production -

Summer school in #Cagli theatre, (Pesaro Urbino) Marche with top directors Chris Luscombe and Vik Sivalingam

We're delighted that AT LAST we can hold another of our exceptional summer schools in Italy. We will work on The Comedy of Errors and Much Ado About Nothing

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Hot off the press - 23 people coming this year from India, Bangladesh, Iraq, New Zealand, Portugal, Holland, Italy, Ireland and England aged 21 - 80 including two young actresses graduating from the Institute for Contemporary Theatre in Brighton who have been awarded bursaries to attend the course.

WELCOME to our first summer school in Italy since 2019 when we were in Florence.

This year the plays chosen are lighter weight than some because after two years of Covid we want to let our hair down! Laughter is the name of the game.

Most participants come for both modules but some people attend only one. Please ask the cost for one play module.

The Trustees offer bursaries for students - at previous summer schools we've awarded bursaries to participants from Mexico, Iraq, Ireland and England.

Anyone aged 18 and upwards from anywhere in the world is welcome to attend as long as they speak English fluently.

Accommodation is at Hotel Pineta -

or Casa Lapis which are apartments to share -

Both places are in the centre of town, close to the theatre.

We advise people to use the Arden edition of each play if possible.

NB -  the workshops are from an actor's point of view, this is NOT an academic course. We work hard and have plenty of fun too!

Short film about Cagli theatre and area has been added below.

The dates are - 14th July arrival day with welcome aperitivo and group dinner.

15, 16, 17 The Comedy of Errors with Chris Luscombe in Cagli theatre.

18 is a free day with a trip to Gubbio and the Roman Amphitheatre.

19, 20, 21 Much Ado About Nothing with Vik Sivalingam in Cagli theatre. We have a farewell group dinner on 21st.

22nd July departure day.

Both group dinners are at La Gioconda in centre of Cagli where they make mouth watering dishes, some with black and white truffles.

How to get to Cagli - sustainable travel on the train to Bologna Centrale then train down the Adriatic coast to Fano and a group taxi with other participants to Cagli. Or fly to Bologna airport then Marconi Express transit to train station from airport, train to Fano and share taxi to Cagli. Fly to Ancona airport and taxi to Cagli. 

'I always crave the opportunity to do theatre work with people for whom drama is a passion and not just a hobby. That’s why I am so very pleased to have discovered Shakespeare in Italy.' Jennifer Major, New Zealand

'I discovered Shakespeare in Italy in 2017 on a glorious summer School in Padua, then returned to Calabria in 2018. I joined the London Summer School last year and was determined to try and join everyone in Cagli, so am hugely looking forward to catching up with a few old, familiar faces and meeting some new ones.' Elizabeth Ollier, London 



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