DUCTAC brings Passion in Practice of SHAKESPEARE by Ben Crystal

Lovers of  Shakespearean plays, dramas, aspiring actors and culture lovers in Dubai can’t afford to miss on this shout out.  Ben Crystal and his Passion in Practice of Shakespeare, ensemble  to perform at  DUCTAC, Dubai on  May 2nd and 3rd.

Following on the smash hit success of Constellation Productions’ Romeo+Juliet, DUCTAC presents one of the world’s leading Shakespeare theatre companies, Passion in Practice, for a series of performances and workshops on Monday May 2nd and Tuesday May 3rd.
BenCrystal426x640Passion in Practice (PIP) is the brainchild of world-renowned Shakespearean expert, actor and author,Ben Crystal , who has been lauded across the globe as a man who has introduced Shakespeare to a whole new generation and made the famous Bard accessible and enjoyable to students everywhere.

Now Crystal brings his PIP Shakespeare Ensemble to Dubai fresh from his recent eagerly anticipated appearances at the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature.

The PIP Shakespeare Ensemble will perform schools and public shows of their brand new show,
Shakes it up!, a fun and interactive introduction to Shakespeare’s famous and unforgettable characters, that we still relate to today, as well as holding workshops for local actors, teachers and students.

Shakes it up! is described as: “Adventure through love and heartbreak with Romeo and Juliet; meet the magical Faeries from Midsummer Night’s Dream and join in, shouting your agreement – or disagreement! – as his mighty Kings battle it out to decide once and for all who really is the greatest of them all; all this and more, the Passion in Practice Shakespeare Ensemble bring a spellbinding extravaganza of magic and wonder… leaving you breathless and bubbling with excitement for the Bard.”

The running time is one hour with tickets AED40 for students and AED100 for adults.

The Ghosts, Witches and Mythical Creatures workshop welcomes you to the world of magic: “A spellbinding extravaganza of magic and wonder. Witches / Old Hamlet / Ariel / Oberon and Titania / Fairies / Prospero. “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.””

An Introduction to Romeo & Juliet workshop sheds light on the characters and situations in Shakespeare’s eternal love story while the Shakespeare on Toast workshop has earned rave reviews as a fun and active introduction to studying the Bard.



There will also be a two-hour adult acting workshop at 8pm Tuesday May 3 rd – Performing Shakespeare – where Ben and his team will give their expert insight into performing the Bard.

The workshops runs for 90 to 120 minutes and are AED90 per student or adult.

The full schedule is below. To book tickets for the performances or workshops please contact the DUCTAC Box Office at boxoffice@ductac.org or call 04 341 4777.


Monday May 2nd
11am: PERFORMANCE – Shakes it up!
1pm: WORKSHOP: Ghosts, Witches and Mythical Creatures or An Introduction to Romeo & Juliet
7.30pm: PERFORMANCE – Shakes it up!

Tuesday May 3rd
11am: PERFORMANCE – Shakes it up!
1pm: WORKSHOP: Shakespeare on Toast
4.00pm: PERFORMANCE – Shakes it up!
8.00pm: WORKSHOP: Performing Shakespeare (Acting workshop)

images|cms-image-000016815About Ben Crystal

Ben Crystal is best known as the co-writer of Shakespeare’s Words (Penguin 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin 2005) with his father David Crystal. His first solo book,
Shakespeare on Toast – Getting a Taste for the Bard (Icon 2008) was shortlisted for the 2010 Educational Writer of the Year Award.

He is also a world leader in OP Shakespeare, or Shakespeare in Original Pronunciation. In 2011 he played Hamlet in the first Original Pronunciation production for 400 years, with the Nevada Repertory Company.

In 2012 he was the curator, producer and creative director of the first CD of extracts of Shakespeare in Original Pronunciation for the British Library, their best-selling CD to date. In 2014 he gave the English Council Lecture at the British Council on Speaking the bright and beautiful English of Shakespeare.

In March 2015 he consulted with Baltimore Shakespeare on their OP Merchant of Venice, and created an OP Lab in a three day workshop and performance at the Pearl Theatre with the Shakespeare Society in NYC. His next residency will be at Washington & Lee, Virginia, October 2015.

With his Shakespeare Ensemble, he has collaborated with Shakespeare’s Globe, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the folk artists Sam Amidon, and the Askew Sistsers.


He restaged Globe staged-reading of Macbeth in OP in a London loft, and mounted a production of Pericles in OP at Daniel Harding’s Interplay Festival at the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, underscored by Max Richter’s Four Seasons: Recomposed, played live by the Trondheim Soloists with violinist Daniel Hope.

In July 2015, following on from 2014’s series of OP events at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, the Shakespeare Ensemble will give a cue-script rehearsed, candle-lit staged reading of Henry V in original pronunciation, before taking the production on tour.

His Ensemble will next stage Twelfth Night over Twelfth Night 2016 in London, before restating their OP Pericles in New York.

He gives workshops on performing Shakespeare around the world, and some of this work can be viewed at www.passioninpractice.com He lives in London and Tweets from @bencrystal

PiP.Logo_About Passion in Practice

Passion in Practice was founded in 2010 by Ben Crystal.

They spread ideas about how to play Shakespeare as simply as possible, without any great conceptual frame placed between participants and the play, and seek to bring honesty and great passion to equal the work.

The company is writer led, allowing the text to guide their performances. Using the versions closest to Shakespeare and respecting the verse, and physical disciplines Ben learnt from Theatre Complicité, they look for new paths up to the scope and scale of Shakespeare’s words.

Event Type: Plays and Workshops
Event Language: English
Age Group: 2 + years old
For more information visit the DUCTAC website

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