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The Ballad of Shakey Willy (by Jen Waghorn)

Monday July 11, 2016

We played for the party (in the Other Place Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon) the other week for the British Graduate Shakespeare Conference 2016.

This is what our Jen got up to in the interval.

In her own words ...

"Commissioned for the British Graduate Shakespeare Conference 2016, The Ballad of Shakey Willy is my attempt to get the naughty bits of every Shakespeare play (and a couple of his poems) into one song. There's nothing like a bit of vaguely academically-researched filth to commemorate 400 years of the man himself."

"This is a live recording of the song's first performance at the RSC's The Other Place - thanks to Charlie Morton for recording it, to the Britgrad committee for letting me perform such a bloody long song in the middle of a party, and to the audience for laughing in all the right places.

An audio version will be available as a music download very soon!

(quick footnote: since the recording I've added a line about Love's Labours Won to the song, just to be thorough)"