Shakespeare @ the EU InfoCentre

On the occasion of William Shakespeare’s 450th birth anniversary, the Delegation of the European Union and the British Council are organising the ‘Shakespeare@21Century’ series of activities throughout April and May.

On Wednesday, 23 April, at 20:00 hrs at the EU InfoCentre in Skopje, the student theatre performance “Hamlet, Who?” will be held on the occasion of the great British playwright’s anniversary.

At the event, official addresses will be delivered by H.E. Mr Aivo Orav, Head of the Delegation of the European Union and H.E. Christopher Yvon, Ambassador of the UK. The audience will also have an opportunity to hear Ms. Afrodita NIKOLOVA, one of the theatre performers, who will speak of Shakespeare’s meaning to her.

The student theatre performance “Hamlet, Who?” is performed by the Informal Theatre Workshop “Shakespeare & Co.” from the department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Philology – Skopje. The group of students, under the mentorship of Professor Rajna KOSHKA, will deliver a postmodern reading of Shakespeare’s most famous play.

The text of the play is based on Shakespeare’s original Hamlet, as well as on the dramatic texts of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” and “Hamletmachine” by Heiner Müller. The Informal Theatre Workshop this year also celebrates 20 years of interpreting Shakespeare on stage.

The event will also be accompanied by the photo exhibition “20 years of Shakespeare in the classroom and beyond”, consist of photos from the play and its preparations over the past years.

The activities marking the 450th birth anniversary of Shakespeare will continue with the launch of the competition for best 1 minute video about Shakespeare, “Shakespeare@1 minute video” on 24 April. The video competition is open to all who would like to take on the challenge of creating their own interpretation of Shakespeare in a 1 minute video. The video may be inspired by Shakespeare himself, or by an act, a scene, a complete play, even a theme through a mix of several plays. Contributors are free to create a classical or a modern video interpretation of Shakespeare’s work, life or legacy in 1 minute. The deadline for applications is 21 May.

The activities are part of the series of events "Cultural stories” of the EU InfoCentre, which aim to promote the European culture as well as the contribution of the national culture to the European culture.