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Sixty Second Shakespeare

Two actors in Celestial, a short film made by Anglia Ruskin University students

It’s Shakespeare, but not as you know it.

The Globe has released a series of five short films produced by students from across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences to coincide with their Summer 2023 productions.

Shakespeare’s Globe and ARU have been exploring how the world’s most famous playwright can inspire, in short form film, in the modern digital world. The sixty second Shakespeare films each include some text from one of his original plays, but then jump in bold, imaginative new directions. The collaboration began in 2021, with ARU students producing five films on the theme of climate change, despite challenging Covid restrictions.

All the films are released on the Shakespeare's Globe website and also promoted on their social media and YouTube channels. The project involves ARU students visiting The Globe theatre in London, and working with practitioner Kevin Bennett to ensure the final films feature high production values.

A Midsummer Nightmare and Dress Rehearsal were accepted to screen at Cambridge Film Festival 2023, while Wicked Dreams and A Midsummer Nightmare were selected for the equally prestigious Stratford Upon Avon Film Festival. Wicked Dreams also won a Silver medal at the UK Student Film Festival 2023 in Edinburgh.