ISTA present...

To the Summer Sweet - Shakespeare Renewed

January 13 - May 19, 2022

What are Digital Global Productions?

Introduction and vision
Each year ISTA will produce two Digital Global Productions, bringing young people from different parts of the world together to create digital performances that will be premiered online and then available for all to watch on a public platform.

Working with young people and artists from around the world, students will develop new live and digital theatre making skills and work collaboratively as an ensemble to produce innovative, international, accessible theatre.

2020-2021 – Our first DGP
In 2020-2021 we produced our first Digital Global Productions based on Verbatim Theatre called ‘2020 Vision’ and ‘Diary of an extraordinary year’. This pilot project brought together 10 schools, 60 performance students, 10 music students and 10 film students with 4 professional artists and spanned 5 months. The digital production premiered in September 2021.

2020 Vision

Diary of an Extraordinary Year

Artistic information

Title
To the Summer Sweet – Shakespeare Renewed
An original piece of digital theatre based on Shakespeare’s sonnet.

Project description
Working with one of Shakespeare’s sonnets the 10 participating schools, led by artistic director Helen Abbott, will perform, reinterpret and revitalise the poem. By looking back and then reimagining Shakespeare’s words we will explore what it means now, to a contemporary audience, and find meaning through the eyes of our young people today. Using Shakespeare’s words, original text, music and performance we will open up the wealth of possibilities crammed into these 14 lines.

  • Each school will perform the original words of Shakespeare’s sonnet in a variety of ways
  • Students will work in their school groups to develop original text that will then be ‘gifted’ to the performers from another school to stage
  • Each school will create a piece of physical theatre in response to themes explored
  • Music students from all schools will work together to develop original music to be used for the final production
  • Film students from all schools will work together to learn the techniques required to film their own school’s work and capture contextual shots

 

About the artist team

The artist team for this project will be made up of the following:

Artistic Director
Film Production
Musical Director
Movement Director

Important information

This opportunity is available to 10 schools. Each school will participate with:

  • 6 students working on theatre making (performers, directors, creators)
  • 1 student working on music (can be one of the theatre making students)
  • 1 student working on film (can be one of the theatre making students)

All schools need to commit to the PD&L, workshop and deadlines scheduled in advance (we may be able to make adjustments for Spring holidays but some students may need to attend in their break). Where needed, please arrange cover for teacher sessions and approval for students to be excused from class to attend their sessions.

All workshops are virtual and will take place on Zoom.

Joining instructions will be emailed to teachers ahead of each session.

Booking window
Bookings open: Monday 1st November 2021
Bookings close: Wednesday 1st December 2021

Event manager
Sophie Galton

Schedule

Timescale
All productions will take place over 2 academic terms, beginning in January with the final workshop in May. The completed productions will then premiere online in September.

The process
Each project will involve the following PD&L for teachers:

  • Launch and introductory session.
  • 4 x theatre making workshops, run for teachers only. The focus of these workshops is to prelude the student workshops in order for teachers to be aware, ahead of time, of what students will be covering and will enable teachers to fully guide their students.
  • Celebration session.

Each project will involve the following workshops for students:

  • Launch and ensemble building session.
  • 4 x performing/writing/movement workshops for theatre making students.
  • 4 x film workshops for film students.
  • 4 x music workshops for music students.
  • Celebration session.
    NB. Where appropriate the EC will schedule 2 different sessions for students (2 iterations of the same workshop) to facilitate participation in different time zones.

To the Summer Sweet – Shakespeare Renewed  will run from 13th January 2022 through to 19th May 2022.

All schools need to commit to the PD&L, workshop and deadlines scheduled in advance (we may be able to make adjustments for Spring holidays but some students may need to attend in their break). Where needed, please arrange cover for teacher sessions and approval for students to be excused from class to attend.

Click the link below to view the To the Summer Sweet – Shakespeare Renewed  schedule overview.

View Shakespeare Renewed Schedule here

Finances

Discounts are available for those who book early!

Early bird price
GBP £1,200 for ISTA members
GBP £1,300 for non members
Available 1st through 7th November 2021

Advanced price
GBP £1,300 for ISTA members
GBP £1,400 for non members
Available 8th through 21st November 2021

Regular price
GBP £1,400 for ISTA members
GBP £1,500 for non members
Available 22nd November through 1st December 2021

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:

Dates

Starts on Thursday 13 January
Finishes on Thursday 19 May
(GMT - Greenwich Mean Time)

Participants

• French International School, Hong Kong