One Sunday in June we interrupted our rehearsals for 'The Tempest' at Lackham House near Lacock in order to present £1,000 to Swift Medics.
Shakespeare Live trustees Annie Rose and David Morrell, together with the director of last year's 'The Taming of the Shrew', Pat Cannings, are shown handing over the cheque.
April 2016: As well as doing six mini performances, rehearsing for 'The Tempest' and presenting a cheque to Wilts Air Ambulance, we also had two more spells on the local Radio and several of our members went to Lacock School to give the children there an introduction to Shakespeare as part of the 400th year Celebration of Shakespeare's Death.
If you didn't hear us live on the radio you can take a listen online:
To catch up with some of our cast from 'Shakespeare Shorts' performing on BBC Radio Wiltshire, on Friday 22nd April, with snippets from King Lear, plus advertising Shakespeare Shorts and The Tempest, click here. Our bit starts at about an 1hr and 12 minutes in.
We were also invited to feature on KiKRadio Corsham's local radio station, which was fantastic. We will share the radio link when their podcast is up and available for last week.
We were very pleased to be able to present the sizeable amount of £500 to Dennis Davies of Wiltshire Air Ambulance during our second rehearsal of 'The Tempest' last Sunday at Wiltshire College, Lackham House. Surrounded by some of the cast and crew membgers of this years show, the cheque was presented by Graham Paton, who will lead the company as Prospero in this summers performance.
The photo shows Graham Paton presenting the cheque to Mr Davies.
If you didn't get a chance to catch our radio interview with Marie Lennon, live on BBC Radio Wiltshire on Monday 21st March, then you can catch up with it here: Just skip to 1hr 13mins and again to 1hr 28mins...
This years Director Gill Morrell, along with long standing members Graham Paton and Penny Clegg went along to Longleat, as part of the National Project called Shakespeare in Performance starting on 21st March, and got an amazing chance to talk about Shakespeare, the challenges of doing Theatre outdoors as well as performed a couple of extracts.
Shakespeare Live members know that whenever our funds allow we are delighted to be able to make donations to charities from the proceeds of our shows. So it was with great pleasure that we started the rehearsal period for this year's show by presenting a cheque for £500 to Wiltshire's Bobby Van Trust, a donation agreed by the membership from the proceeds of last year's successful production of Macbeth.
The Bobby Van provides invaluable practical assistance to elderly and vulnerable victims of crime
The 2015 season sees Shakespeare Live on a high. Not only was the public benefit of our activities recognised last year with the award of charitable status but also a new contract with Lackham College agreed for another year.
As Shakespeare Live embarks on its 26th year of great outdoor Shakespeare we are starting the new season on a high.
We are delighted to inform our members and friends that, following a rigorous application process, the Charity Commission has awarded the company charitable status. This status recognises the benefits Shakespeare Live brings both for our members and for the community to which we belong. Our stated aims as a charity are: