Performers made the exhibition ‘For All Time: Shakespeare in Yorkshire’ come alive for Light Night

On the evening of Friday 7 October, visitors to the exhibition ‘For All Time: Shakespeare in Yorkshire’ at the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery heard the exhibition come to life as performers moved around the gallery reading monologues and poems from the works on display. The event was part of the city’s annual Light Night activities alongside other events taking place all over the University campus.

Melissa Ulrich, Hannah Hughes and Mary-Margaret Annab, students in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, performed monologues by Shakespeare characters including Juliet, Kate and Miranda, as well as some of Shakespeare’s sonnets. The 1640 edition of Shakespeare’s poems on display in the exhibition groups the sonnets into longer poems which are given titles. The event was the first time that the gallery space has been used for performances and visitors enjoyed hearing as well as seeing the historic works.

The events programme, including a range of talks and workshops, can be found on the Treasures Gallery website. The next dramatic interpretation of a play shown in the exhibition is on Wednesday 2 November, when visitors can discover a rarely performed slice of Yorkshire history. Join the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery and students from the University of Leeds stage@leedscompany for a unique experience as they perform a rehearsed reading of ‘A Yorkshire Tragedie’. Two performances are taking place on 2 November, the first at 12.30 and the second at 6pm.

‘A Yorkshire Tragedie’, written by Thomas Middleton, but long attributed to William Shakespeare, tells the 1605 story of Walter Calverley, who killed his two young sons and stabbed his wife. A rare copy, printed in 1619, is currently on display in the ‘For All Time: Shakespeare in Yorkshire’ exhibition.