Tuesday 30 June 2020

The Shakespeare Jukebox takes to the web for Fringe 2020

Malcolm Lomax

One of our longest running shows, since 2005 The Shakespeare Jukebox has been a fixture of the Buxton Festival Fringe, entertaining crowds with scenes from the Bard’s work, winning an amazing 10 Buxton Fringe awards, and earning thousands in pounds in donations to the Buxton Samaritans.

Maria Carnegie
This year, with the Fringe going online to keep audiences and performers safe, the Jukebox wanted to reach out to their audience in a new way. Maria Carnegie, who has been a mainstay of the Jukebox since 2006 explains: ‘The Jukebox has become something of a Buxton Fringe landmark, so we wanted to make sure we could still take part. So, each day of the 2020 Fringe, from 1 to 19 July, we’ll be posting a different scene from the Bard’s work online, for audiences to enjoy from the safety of their homes.’

Jayne Marling
Maria goes on, ‘Recording the scenes has meant we’ve had to approach them in new ways. The speeches have been relatively straightforward, but we also wanted to include some the Jukebox’s most popular multiple-actor scenes, like the Three Witches from Macbeth and the Rude Mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so a bit of technical wizardry was needed to bring us all together remotely. The beauty of doing the scenes this way is that as well as members of our regular team, we were able to welcome back former Jukebox actors who no longer live in the area.’

The Shakespeare Jukebox will be posting online here, and there is a link to make donations to the Samaritans if you’ve enjoyed the show. Maria continues, ‘This has been a fun exercise, but we aim to be back in the open air performing live in 2021.’

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1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy that Shakespeare Jukebox will still be making an appearance. It's one of the things I love most about the festival.