Annie's 1000 Plays and The Rude Mechanicals
The Rude Mechanicals
From 8th - 18th April The Rude Mechanicals travelled across Hackney in their custom made pageant wagon, stopping at schools, parks and markets as they attempted to perform 1000 plays in 10 days. These 1000 plays were written by playwright Annie Jenkins when she was similarly faced with an impossible task….For the Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival 2016 Annie was locked in a shed faced with writing 1000 plays in 10 days. She encouraged visitors, audience members, and the public to contribute to her mission, and by Day 10 she had written 700 plays! Over 300 plays that were donated included contributions all the way from Oscar-winners to 4 year olds.
The The Rude Mechanicals completed their 1000 plays challenge thanks to all the helpful and willing people at the following stops:
Saturday 9th April
Sunday 10th April
Chatsworth Road Market
Narrow Way Mare Street
Monday 11th April
Tuesday 12th April
St Mary's Church of England Primary
St. Matthais Primary
Wednesday 13th April
William Patten Primary School
Thursday 14th April
Friday 15th April
Hackney Downs Studios
Saturday 16th April
Sunday 17th April
Monday 18th April
The Rude Mechanicals is only made possible thanks to the generous support of the Hackney Community Fund. The Rude Mechanicals is part of the Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival 2016.
Annies 1000 Plays
In 2014, for the Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival, Annie Jenkins was locked in a shed for 10 days. During that time she was challenged to write 1000 original plays. She encouraged visitors, audience members and the public to contribute to her mission and by day 10 she had written over 700 plays that saw the birth of Granny Annie, Winita, The Jaundice Ghost, Monica and Chandler, Paul and a gaggle of real people. Over 300 plays were donated by members of the public from four year olds to Oscar winners.
In 2015 we ran a series of workshops with Jeremy Mortimer and Emma Herne, Guy Jones, Katie Lambert, Matilda Tristram and Whistlestop Theatre to bring Annie's 1000 Plays to life. Students, individuals and organisations responded to Annie's plays with new monologues, animations, plays and paintings. Annie's 1000 Plays: Volume One was published in April 2015 along with the new responses and you can watch the animated and filmed responses here.
In 2016 we challenged a troupe of players, The Rude Mechanicals, perform all of Annie's 1000 Plays as they travel across Hackney in a custom-made pageant wagon.
Annie Jenkins is a 24-year-old playwright from Tottenham, North London. Annie writes short candid snapshots of real London. Formally experimental her plays veer from autobiographical to surreal and back again. She is the Writer-in-Residence for Shakespeare in Shoreditch. Her first full length play, In Lipstick, was part of the Playwrought Festival at The Arcola in 2016.
Louis: My boss keeps calling me Lewis or Lois. Lois is a girl’s name! He keeps being like, ‘but there’s an s on the end’, and I tell him that’s just how you spell it.
Tinkerbell: I’m going to be a shell of a fairy next week. This week I’m in the Hackney Gazette, next week I’ll just be in Hackney.
Gemma: I think about the future me as well as the present me you know.
Linda: I’m not keen on seafood.
Shirley: You inhaled a prawn last week.
Linda: Exactly, it’s put me off seafood. Which is a shame. I used to like it, now I’m scared of it.