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 Dylan Brenton from Wolf Manor Theatre Collective who shared with me he plans to bring the dogs of war with him to slay the competition.
What do you think you bring to the table that the other teams don’t have?
We have a pack of ferocious and bloodthirsty animals, the dogs of war if you will. I don’t know how well they handle alcohol, but they can tear through a deer carcass efficiently.
Do you have any strategies?
Our biggest challenge, as always will be teaching wild animals to read. But the strategy is largely about awing the crowd with the beautiful language and any snarls and barks that may fit the scansion.
Who do you think is your biggest competition and why?
Couldn’t say, they all look like food to our competitors.
What do you like most about this event and why have you chosen to participate?
Any night that gets the whole community out to celebrate the things we like doing is super important. Many a good friend around and beer is an okay good thing!
What is your one message or piece of advice for each of the other teams?
Ask before you pet our competitors. if they sniff you, it’s usually not because they plan to eat you… usually.
What is your favourite beer?
Left Field Brewery can do no wrong.
What is your favourite Shakespeare play?
Well… I may or may not have heard something or something else about a REIMAGINED STAGING OF OUR DEBUT – #CAESARTO… so we like that one a lot.
Wear (faux) fur to support Wolf Manor and check back here in the next few weeks for more information about their remount of Julius Caesar this May!
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