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 two weeks. I recently chatted with Kate McArthur who is repping Spur of the Moment Shakespeare Collective about what she brings to the beer strewn table.
What do you think you bring to the table that the other teams don’t have?
Really vibrant blue tights and probably a significantly lower alcohol tolerance.
Do you have any strategies?
I have been training. I’ve been steadily and systematically increasing my alcohol consumption for all of April. I have downloaded the silliest Shakespeare’s Sonnet Game app and have been playing it at my joe job. Please, don’t tell my joe job.
Who do you think is your biggest competition and why?
Whoever I am up against in the first round! Why? If I keep my expectations low, I’m more likely to be surprised!
What do you like most about this event and why have you chosen to participate?
I like the cause most. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I’m a suck. Having been part of the program, I know first hand how beneficial it has been for a number members of communities that don’t often get access to the arts. I just want to make sure the program continues to get the support it needs to continue to be a benefit to these communities.
What is your one message or piece of advice for each of the other teams?
What is your favourite beer?
What is your favourite Shakespeare play?
Check back soon for more interviews with the competitors and make sure to get your tickets for April 30th!
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