A staged play reading by Jakub Snochowski in collaboration with York International Shakespeare Festival.
The first of a series of three staged play readings presented by York International Shakespeare Festival of European texts that are inspired or influenced by Shakespeare or are by writers roughly contemporary to him.
All are in new English translations, which are receiving their first performances, and all three are being heard in the UK for the first time in any language.
Eugene Schieffelin, an American ornithologist, sets out to introduce every bird mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays which is not native to America. It is the second half of the 19th century, and humanity is increasingly convinced of its greatness and of the infallibility of the human mind. Little did Schieffelin know that, owing to his decision, and the work carried out by the American Acclimatization Society, the United States would one day fall victim to an avian plague of unprecedented proportions. Contemporary US farmers have every right to be infuriated. The question is what, or rather who, is to blame for the disaster? Is it the Starlings that destroy crops, the benevolent ornithologist or perhaps Shakespeare himself?
Schieffelin, Shakespeare, a farmer and a Starling fix a date out of time to finally set things straight.
Jakub Snochowski has performed at Polish national, public and alternative theatre companies, among them the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, and has worked with renowned stage and film directors such as Robert Wilson, Meg Stuart, Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Skolimowski, Grzegorz Bral (Song of the Goat Theatre) Grzegorz Jarzyna, Jerzy Jarocki, Jerzy Stuhr.
More information is available via the York International Shakespeare Festival website. The York International Shakespeare Festival (YISF) was established in 2014, and seeks to showcase local adaptations of Shakespeare’s works alongside international interpretations, and to make global Shakespeare accessible to UK audiences from York and beyond.
Tickets for this event are free but places are limited and must be reserved using the booking link below.