Chavs Do Shakespeare | As You Like It

This little video came out of another production. I was enlisted to film a Shakespeare scene for an actor showreel. While rehearsing with the actors they tried lots of different styles and tones. Somewhere in the rehearsal Charlotte and Jade stumbled across doing Shakespeare as chavs. The idea in rehearsal was to get comfortable with the material, but it ended up being so much fun that we decided to film it on the day of the shoot, just as an extra because we like it so much. I have always loved Shakespeare. I know a lot of people don't. I think one of the main obstacles for people is the language Shakespeare uses, even though that is part of the beauty. Having grown up in two languages and two cultures I have come to learn that people switch off to things they don't understand. I will listen to foreign music, even when I don't understand the language. Many people won't, because most people can't engage with things unless it makes sense to them. And that's ok. Part of what I like about this short is the way it brings Shakespeare a little closer to real life. Hearing two young girls have a it of a grump at each other and then complain about love and men and other women brings Shakespeare into our current era. You can imagine any two girls, from any country and culture, doing something similar.

If you're looking for a way into Shakespeare, my first introduction was through Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. It's funny, it's got intrigue and some brilliant performances from Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh and Denzel Washington.