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Act II: The Shakespeare Job

Synopsis
Three-part television documentary series on the commercial theatre. Episode two records the efforts of Malachi Bogdanov and his colleagues in Cooperesque Productions to bring Mal Bogdanov’s play Bill Shakespeare’s Italian Job to the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play, billed as a ‘post-modern comic caper’ takes 5 actors playing ten characters from Shakespeare and re-tells the plot of Michael Caine’s THE ITALIAN JOB (1969). The documentary covers casting, branding, marketing, set design, previews, press night and reviews. Extracts from several scenes from the play are shown. The emphasis is on the precarious day-to-day difficulties of funding the production when for some of the time the actors and production team took no salary. The production eventually played to 70% capacity, a figure known in the business as ‘a nervous hit’. The advice from West End scouts was a major re-write and another testing at the Edinburgh Fringe. One member of the audience in a press night vox pop stated ‘it’s wasted on the middle-classes who like Shakespeare’.
Series
Theatre Biz, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
28 Jun 2006 at 01:30 (Channel: BBC4)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Director
Gina Newson; Jeremy Newson
Producer
Gina Newson; Jeremy Newson
Cinematographer
Max Newson
Contributor
Malachi Bogdanov
Cast
Emma Kennedy 
Geoffrey Bateman 
Gilz Terrera 
Juliet McGill 
Tom Lister 

Additional Details

Theatre
Gilded Balloon Debating Hall, Edinburgh
Theatre company
Cooperesque Productions
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama production; marketing; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Edinburgh Festival

Notes

Awards
Emma Kennedy won the Comedy Lounge Award for Best Actress for her performance as the Nurse.

Production Company

Name

FFP

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
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