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 two weeks, 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 competitor 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 week. I recently chatted with Scott Moyle from Dauntless City Theatre who’s company got a chance to practice drunk Shakespeare last week at their Drunk Tempest about his strategies for taking home the belt this year.
Tori: What do you think you bring to the table that the other teams don’t have?
Experience in the field. We’ve been staging Toronto’s Drunk Shakespeares since 2013, and we have a lot of accumulated hours boozing our way through the text.
Do you have any strategies?
We always try to read the text with a lot of styles and flair (not an easy feat when cold-reading weird old-timey typography!). This year we hear they’re awarding bonus points for performance, and we’re going to capitalize on that.
Who do you think is your biggest competition and why?
Those boys from Alehouse keep edging us out. I find Josh Stodart’s dreamy eyes and manly moustache very distracting.
What do you like most about this event and why have you chosen to participate?
It raises money for a really good cause while building a sense of community between theatre companies. Also, the beer.
What is your one message or piece of advice for each of the other teams?
Please feel free to join us in the Dauntless City Theatre battle camp- it’s going to be very luxurious.
What is your favourite beer?
Beau’s 80 Shilling Scotch Ale. It’s just about the perfect beer.
What is your favourite Shakespeare play?
Call it a tie between Measure for Measure and Coriolanus: two plays so relevant that they could have been written yesterday.
Wear black and white to support Dauntless City Theatre and make sure to check out their Two Gentlewomen of Verona this August.