Shakespeare at Carnival

Studio12 worked in partnership with BBC Look North and commissioned Chicken Shop Shakespeare to create a film celebrating Leeds West Indian Carnival’s 50th anniversary. The Caribbean carnival is Europe’s longest running parade celebrating music, masquerade, harmony and culture. Performed, shot live and edited on the day, the film captures unexpected public reactions to modern takes on Shakespeare. Studio12 and Chicken Shop Shakespeare did a live broadcast from the Carnival for BBC Leeds radio, talking about the project with Nick Ahad, reaching 48,000 people.

“Shakespeare, like you’ve never seen it before, at Leeds Carnival.” – BBC Look North

”Well done to my talented Ty directing and brave actor Lladel for ripping up carnival with the flash mob style Shakespeare like you never seen before!” – Miss Danielle Brown

“It’s important to put a new twist on his works in order to make it accessible. The language is a barrier, the length of a standard play is a barrier, we don’t need any more turn offs, we need more ways in which we can relate.” – Co-producer Tanya Vital