‘Yield, or I'll force thee.’
Fresh Life Theatre presents an interpretation of Volpone by Ben Jonson. Meet Volpone, the sly fox, as he charms and cheats his way to a fortune. Based on Ben Jonson’s 1605 tragicomedy, our production adds punchy new writing, a raw contemporary context and a certain musical swagger. With a cast of 4 professional actors, Fresh Life will give this eccentric host of characters the crazy, adrenaline fuelled performance they deserve.
Shakespeare’s loved clown, Bottom, is reimagined in Fresh Life Theatre’s innovative new one-man show. Combining the masterful wit and language of the Bard with fast-paced, sensitive new-writing, creates a production which has something for everyone.
"an enjoyable hour and definitely spoke of more to come from Charlie Day
funny, heartfelt, perceptive and poignant"
"Balances laugh-out-loud gags with poignant reflections on both performance and mental health"
"Pensive, preposterous and perceptive in equal measure"
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: A SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY
"O what fools these mortals be”
Not all dreams are sweet. We follow the supernatural Puck as he torments and tortures a group of mere mortals who make the mistake of wandering into his wood. Stripping away the romcom gloss of traditional performance, we expose the unsettling darkness of the original text, with its undertones of violence and abuse. Puck, feared in field and town, he will lead them up…and down?
These shows were all made in lockdown...
This time, it's up to you to choose your journey and make decisions for the characters. In this online decision-making game you only have one goal; get out of there alive.
50 routes, 10 endings.
Your show, your journey.
CAN YOU SURVIVE THE WOODS?
HERMIA: HEAVEN UNTO HELL
Hermia: Heaven Unto Hell is a short horror film using the text from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Filmed in lockdown by a young UK theatre company and based on our 'would've been' tour, we are trying to make the most of lockdown.
HELENA: UGLY AS A BEAR
A Midsummer Night’s Dream was never meant to be a sweet romcom. We devised a new darker take for the Bristol Shakespeare Festival. But that was cancelled by the Covid-19 pandemic. So we regrouped (separately) and split the stage version into two online pieces charting the journeys of Helena and Hermia. Helena: Ugly as a Bear is the first of these.
We rehearsed and performed over Zoom in bedroom cupboards across the UK, recorded on our phones, and produced for YouTube.