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Kemp's Jig - An Elizabethan Roadshow

Kemp's Jig - An Elizabethan Roadshow

"And let those that play your clowns say no more than is set down" - advice that Will Kemp may have done well to follow!

In 1600 Will Kemp, the most famous comic and clown of his generation and Will Shakespeare, most famous playwright in history, fell out in an argument over a play. Shakespeare stayed in London, writing for The Lord Chamberlain's Men and producing the plays still renowned the world over. Kemp embarked on a bizarre PR stunt, Morris dancing from London to Norwich.

Based on Kemp's own diary, "The Nine Daies Wonder", Kemp's Jig is a romp through Elizabethan England, sharing the adventures of Shakespeare's now almost-forgotten clown.
This one man show, written by the late Chris Harris and performed by Matthew Taylor, has been playing to rave reviews up and down the country, including at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at the famous Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, where Kemp's original event finished.

A "horrible history" for all ages, fans of Upstart Crow and Shakespeare in Love will enjoy cheering the maverick Kemp on his way.

The producers, Blue Fire, want to engage with as many of the Morris community as they can. We are its natural audience and they know  we are also very nice people, who they'd love to see in the audience. They would also like to test if it's feasible for sides to be part of the show, perhaps doing one or two dances at the end of the performance.

For more information contact Lottie Walker [charlotte [dot] walker [at] bluefiretheatre [dot] co [dot] uk (subject: Kemp's%20Jig) ] or see their Facbook page https://www.facebook.com/kempjig/

They are booked to perform at:
Saturday 18th April - Ifield Barn Theatre, Sussex
Saturday 2nd May - The Teahouse Theatre, Vauxhall
Sunday 17th May - Headgate Theatre, Colchester
Friday 5th & Saturday 6th June - Coach House Theatre, Malvern
Friday 12th & Saturday 13th June - Victoria Hall Theatre, Old Harlow
Thursday 2nd - Saturday 4th July  - Old Sorting Office, Barnes (double bill with Marie Lloyd Stole My Life)