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We promote the best of the UK’s performing arts sector. Our activities include: brokering up-to-date market intelligence, touring cutting-edge productions, delivering workshops and seminars, curating showcases, and devising practitioner residences and UK study visits. 

  • Shakespeare Lives was a year-long global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. We produced many Shakespeare teaching and learning reources as part of the programme which are still relevant and available free..
  • Other recent projects include a partnership with Culturgest in Lisbon and with the British company Action Hero, bringing a snapshot to Portugal of British experimentation in the performing arts.

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Photo: Slap Talk by the company Action Hero 

What was Shakespeare Lives?

Shakespeare Lives was a year-long global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. The programme was run by the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign and celebrated Shakespeare as a playwright for all people and all nations. More than 140 countries took part in the festivities, with people experiencing Shakespeare through film screenings, exhibitions, performances and in schools, alongside a programme of unique online collaboration.

Online resources produced as part of Shakespeare Lives remain available. Resources include innovative short films inspired by Shakespeare, digital platforms that allow you to “remix” the plays, and educational resources for schools and English language learners of all ages, in the UK and around the world. 

Discover more about Shakespeare Lives and explore the full set of resources at:

Slap Talk

December 2015

Inspired by the self-aggrandising of boxers at the pre-fight weigh in, Slap Talk is a verbal sparring match that is both a linguistic version of the fight itself and a reflection upon the violence present in everyday language. Over 6 hours, an autocue scrolls a continuous barrage of passive aggressive violence of lovers talking, the hard sell of a shopping channel, the anger of the fire and brimstone preacher, the subtle violence of middle class one-upmanship. 

 Slap Talk was a six-hour long performance. Audiences were encouraged to stay for as long as they wanted but were welcome to take breaks and return when they wanted (if seats were available).

 Slap Talk was created, written and performed by Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse. It was developed with the support of Caravan and BIOS (Athens), and with the production support of the Bristol Theatre Companies (Mel Scaffold). Slap Talk started in The Darkroom, China Plate's development space for writing and performing.

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The performance - and live tweeting - was livestreamed on this page, as well as on, British Council partner on this project.

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