Threads of the Unsaid by Aswarm
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Threads of the Unsaid

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

What would happen if we wrote and produced a version of Romeo & Juliet without the script and without actors? - and instead drew on our collective memory to crowd-script a play to walk within?

– A residency at the SBT production archives and six week evolving immersive installation designed to encourage visitors to contribute and build a new version of Romeo & Juliet, exploring how one of Shakespeare’s most infamous works resides in the public consciousness.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT)
Stratford Upon Avon
Summer Artist Commission 2018


The play formed a pathway, winding through the very Orchard where Shakespeare woo’d his wife to be, Anne Hathaway. Gold tags adorned with peoples words attached to scarlet red threads weave a web of woo & woe, so as you walk through Acts I-IV, you can explore the play through hundreds of disparate fragments, plucked from our collective memory, adding in your own words where you feel compelled either written on a tag, recorded in the Recollecta Chair or online via the #giveascript challenge.

An exercise in collective script writing, we utilised what people misremembered as much as recalled accurately, included personal reflections and anecdotes on the play and combined these with a series of extracts gathered from the SBT archives including stage directions, cues, show reports; directors notes and Audio Description, voiced & written.

The project culminated in an immersive sound installation that offered a script & play to walk within.

What would happen if we wrote & produced a version of Romeo & Juliet without the script and without actors?

Press Articles About:

Stratford Herald. "..this is the story not as Shakespeare penned it, but as it lives on in our hearts and minds."

Stratford Observer“I’m intrigued as much by how people misremember and interpret this tale as much as the elements that stick."

“Working with visitors and online contributors around the world, we will reinvent Shakespeare’s most famous work as an artwork to walk within.”

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