The Play’s The Thing is a new permanent exhibition which show cases 100 years of theatre-making at Stratford-upon-Avon. Teenager Savanna Toolis and her friend visited the exhibition back in November and enjoyed the chance to be transported into Shakespeare’s plays and discover what it felt like to be an actor in Shakespearian times.
The exhibition is about exploring Shakespeare’s plays through the multitude of plays that have been performed using his material. The exhibition attempts to show the visitor what it is like to be an actor in one of Shakespeare’s plays, while also showing examples of how previous enactments have worked. The Play’s The Thing starts when you are taken into a room, on the wall a video starts to play introducing Shakespeare’s interpretations, before being taken up a flight of stairs and into the actual exhibition. The exhibition was filled with elaborate costumes, one of the costumes was a Georgian style dress in which the actor had managed to fall asleep on stage. The exhibition is also filled with interactive machines. My favourite was a machine where we had to unbutton a doublet within 40 seconds in order to see what it would be like to change costumes. But, I also enjoyed making Ariel fly across the room using a pulley. My favourite part of the exhibition was the virtual costumes, where I got the chance to try on a range of outfits without the hassle of actually trying them on. As a teenager I thought that this was an exciting exhibition to go to with my friend as we put on costumes, played games and took pictures.
The Play’s the Thing
Swan Café, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Tickets: Adults £8.50, children and disabled £4.25, ages 16 to 25 £5
Under fives are free.
All kids go free on Sundays, and in the school holidays (11 – 26 February) – not available online.
Please note The Play’s The Thing will be closed from 22 to 31 March.