Attention! Leading experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment are calling on everyone to help them – by sharing a livestream of their unique Table Top presentation of all 36 of Shakespeare’s plays, performed with the aid of household objects…

Terry O'Connor
Beginning this Friday 26 October and running until Saturday 3 November, Forced Entertainment are to livestream Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare - each of Shakespeare’s 36 plays condensed and presented on a table top over nine days, using a cast of ordinary household objects.
The durational production by the internationally recognised experimental theatre group, features objects such as pepper pots, knives and forks and cheese graters in place of Shakespeare’s characters.
Jerry Killick in action
Originally devised and performed in 2015, Complete Works will be presented at and livestreamed from SPILL Ipswich, between 26 October and 3 November, giving those who aren’t able to make it to the Festival the opportunity to see all of the hour-long pieces.
For the first time ever, the livestream of Complete Works will include 12 subtiled performances: Coriolanus, King John, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard II, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Henry IV Part 1, Measure for Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well, Timon of Athens and Hamlet.
Forced Entertainment is working with SPILL Festival of Performance, and the livestream will appear on both the festival’s website and Forced Entertainment’s. The livestream will also be shared on Facebook and cross-posted to BBC Arts Online and BBC Shakespeare. The livestream has been commissioned by The Space.
The livestream will appear on Forced Entertainent’s website and Facebook page. Please tag @ForcedEnts when sharing the event on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #CompleteWorksLive to join in the conversation.

Exclusive interview with Lili Fuller, producer and co-star of Shakespeare-themed US comedy Complete Works

Lili Fuller as Pauline in Complete Works.

Lili Fuller as Pauline in Complete Works.

SHAKESPEARE MAGAZINE: Hi Lili, as you’re probably aware, we’re unable to access the Hulu videos for Complete Works  here in the UK. Will our UK readers be able to see the show soon?
LILI FULLER: “The good news is that we just released the trailer and two 30-sec teasers (here and here) on YouTube.
“The bad news is that, for the time being, the show is only available on Hulu. That being said, we are considering putting the show on Netflix or iTunes in the near future. So not all hope is lost!”

You play the character Pauline, depicted as Lady Macbeth on the show’s poster. As executive producer, what appealed to you about this particular role? Does Pauline share any of your own personality traits?

“Yes, I do play Pauline. She’s a straight-shooting, very smart, sarcastic New Yorker who is highly competitive and very talented. And when you first meet her, she’s kind of, for lack of better words, a stone cold bitch, haha.

“You know, it’s interesting, when I started to work on playing Pauline, I thought she was very different from me. Her tone is dry and cold, which is the opposite of mine, so it was a struggle to land that tonality. Her strength and sassiness, though, are qualities I possess.

“Our make-up designer, Emily, told me one day on set when I was prepping for a scene: ‘Lili. Do you see the way you walk around set when you are producing? You know exactly what needs to be done and you are on a mission to do it. That’s Pauline. Be that side of you.’ I took that to heart and from thence forth, I really started to find the character. She was a blast to play. I miss her!”

In the dressing room (Lili Fuller and Joe Sofranco, far right).

In the dressing room (Lili Fuller and Joe Sofranco, far right).

Is the world of US collegiate theatre really as cutthroat  as you suggest in the show?
“No. Haha. Even when we write in the byline that it’s about ‘cutthroat’ Shakespeare competitions, we’re kind of poking fun at the idea itself. A Shakespeare competition, no matter how big, could never possibly be as cutthroat as many of the other competitions in our world. What’s more cutthroat than the competition itself, and what we’re kind of playing at, are the neuroses in young actors’ minds when they go to these competitions, the idea in their minds that THIS IS EVERYTHING.

“When you see the show you’ll learn that, much of the ‘cutthroat’ mentality is brewed from these individual insecurities, the pressure that young actors feel to be ‘the best’, and the hilarity that ensues when you put a pressure cooker on these insecurities. The truth is, US collegiate theatre is as friendly and non-cutthroat as the people who are in it. In our collegiate experience, we had a very collaborative, open, ensemble environment, and I imagine that’s how it is in most college theater programs in the US.”

So who is the most scheming and ambitious character in the show?
“That’s gotta be James, the proctor of the American Shakespeare Competition. I won’t ruin anything, but let’s just say that he has a past history with the competition himself.”

To see Pauline in full effect, check out Lili’s clips from Complete Works here.