October 2023

who the f–k is shakespeare?

Join five Merseyside-based performers as they rip off the Bard’s ruff and create new stories for some of his best-known ‘heroines’.

Directed by Ameera Conrad. 

A political occupation of Shakespeare, developed by Ameera Conrad with the cast.


Lady Macbeth – murderous.
Cleopatra – conniving.
Viola – witty.
Katherine – difficult.
Ophelia – tragic. 

The so-called ‘facts’ of their stories; stories steeped in racism, patriarchy, and violence. But the facts are untrue, these stories just won’t do.


These five characters have had enough. They’re breaking the paper ceiling of Shakespeare’s Complete Works to tell their own stories and repurpose old tales for the next generation. 

Watch them blow the dust off the classics, tear out the pages, and stage a multi-art form political occupation of Shakespeare with punchy verses, punky attitudes, and whole lotta wit. 


“We stand here now, to speak but for ourselves

Our lives will not be stories on your shelves.”


Get with it, or get the f–k out the way. 

Thursday 30 Nov – Saturday 2 December
Unity Theatre

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who the f—k is shakespeare? is a showcase of local talent created and directed by 20 Stories High Associate Artistic Director, Ameera Conrad. 


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Content warnings:

Loud noises, haze, and fake weapons. Discussions around gender, violence, patricide, suicide, war, murder, racism, patriarchy, I mean, listen, it’s Shakespeare. It will also be funny, light, and just a bit tongue-in-cheek.


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Supported by LAMDA and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Funded by Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation, Garrick Trust, and Liverpool City Council. 

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Leonisha Barley

Claire Beerjeraz

Molly Hannah

Marcy Rick

Mary Savage

Creative Team

Director Ameera Conrad

Writer Ameera Conrad, William Shakespeare

Contributor Leonisha Barley

Producer Natasha Patel

Lighting Designer Xenia Bayer

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