This is part of an ongoing series of regional Shakespeare coverage. It’s Tori here with the latest in Shakespeare news from Toronto.
In less than a week, star-crossed lovers and performers of Shakespeare will gather together for the sixth annual Shakesbeers Showdown to help raise money for Spur of the Moment Shakespeare Collective’s Shakespeare in Hospitals Initiative. The premise is simple: actors from some of Toronto’s best Shakespeare companies will gather together to attempt to read sections of the first folio while consuming enormous amounts of beer. For every mistake that is made, the competitor must drink. The last competition standing this year will receive the coveted Heavyweight belt and the heavyweight of the beer in their stomach. I caught up with the teams competing this year and will be posting their responses over the next two weeks, I recently chatted with the reigning champion Joshua Stodart from Ale House Theatre about what his team brings to the table.
What do you think you bring to the table that the other teams don’t have?
Besides working with the Folio, not much. Other teams certainly do this a lot too.
Do you have any strategies?
I think this year it’s all about staying calm under pressure and letting the text speak at its own pace.
Who do you think is your biggest competition and why?
I really think anyone has the ability to beat us.
What do you like most about this event and why have you chosen to participate?
I like the silly community feel very much.
What is your one message or piece of advice for each of the other teams?
This competition is fun and cool and doesn’t need to mean anything more than that.
What is your favourite beer?
Anything that’s challenging.
What is your favourite Shakespeare play?
Wear red to support Ale House Theatre and make sure to keep an eye out for their production of the Tempest this August.
A boisterous good time for audience and performers alike, The Shakesbeers Showdown is a celebration of Shakespeare, indie theatre, and all fans of a good, healthy (ridiculous) competition. All proceeds go towards the Shakespeare-In-Hospitals 2017 Program. The project is set to embark on its 2017 tour this fall, bringing Shakespeare to the common rooms and bedsides of hospitals and shelters throughout Toronto.
So, grab a pint and raise your voice to support your favourite team…because trust us, they’re gonna need it!
The Shakebeers Showdown Vol. 6
April 30th at 918 Bathurst St.
Doors at 6:00, Show at 7:00
Early-Bard Tickets (available until April 1st) $15
Students/Arts Workers: $18
General Admission: $20
Tweet-Seats (front row with a free beer) $25
Buy in advance before they’re gone: http://shakesbeers2017.bpt.me
Check back soon for more from the rest of the teams!