SHAKESPEARE

Little but Fierce has developed adaptations of three Shakespeare plays, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, and Much Ado About Nothing, exploring the female characters and gender politics of each play.

 
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Measure for Measure

This production relocates the action from 17th Century Vienna to contemporary USA, the heart of the Bible Belt. A place where mega-churches jostle with stripclubs.


Hypocritical pastor Angelo introduces Isabella to a world of sex, power and corruption. But is Isabella's own religious zealotry a cover for her desperate attempts to gain agency over her own life?

Blog post discussing Measure for Measure

Another blog post discussing Measure for Measure

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Macbeth

This production keeps it historical, but brings the play's themes of children and the loss of children to the fore. The witches are lay healers, Medieval midwives, who tap into powers and skills handed down between many generations of mothers and daughters to remove the dangerous dictator king Duncan from the throne.

Blog post discussing Macbeth.

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Much Ado About Nothing

This Much Ado is set in England in 1960, exploring the clash between 1950s formality and puritanism (represented by Hero) and 1960s liberal counter-culture and second wave feminism (represented by Hero). The production explores changing attitudes towards sex and the concept of sexual purity.


Blog post discussing the concept for Much Ado