Shake Alive 2016

Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation Maori & PI Session, Ben Crystal – Auckland

Date: 09/06/2017
Category: Theatre Companies – Professional

Date & Time: Fri 9 June, 1.30-2.30pm

Venue: Wesley College, Auckland

Tickets: Students – free of charge; Adults – Koha

Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation Maori & PI Session, Ben Crystal with Taniela Prescott and Sione Tuliakiono – for secondary schools and public

What did Shakespeare’s accent – and that of his actors and audience – sound like?

What can we learn from hearing and speaking his works in that accent?

And how does it sound differently with a Maori or Pacific Island accent?

And with no recordings or transcriptions  available to us, how do we know?

Actor, author, and producer Ben Crystal (Shakespeare’s Words, Shakespeare on Toast with Maori/Pacific Island actors, Sione Tuliakiono and Taniela Prescott, explore the fascinating 400 year old sound of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets – and for the first time ever with a Kiwi twist, showing a world hidden beneath our readings in modern English accents full of rhyme, rhythm, and a very subtle humour.