Breaking Bard
by The Spontaneous Shakespeare Company
Seismic Shift Productions - Vancouver, BC
V.6 - Tom Hendry Warehouse 
The Spontaneous Shakespeare Company presents Breaking Bard, an improvised Shakespearean tragedy!
After years of sell-out performances in Vancouver, the company is hitting the road for the first time to bring the Fringe circuit their high-brow fusion of the works of the Bard with a modern comedic improv twist. Inspired by audience suggestions, the company members will create an entirely new Shakespearean epic. Equally heartfelt and hilarious, this is the show for Shakespeare buffs and novices alike!

Abdullah Wasfi, Brent Hirose, Caitlin Alinsod, Delaney Gilmour, Evan Brow, Martina Vos

Seismic Shift Productions

Show Info:
60 Minutes

Parental Guidance

As an improvised show, anything can happen!

Thu July 20 10:15 PM
Sat July 22 3:00 PM
Sun July 23 8:15 PM
Wed July 26 1:00 PM
Thu July 27 6:45 PM
Sat July 29 11:15 AM
Sun July 30 4:30 PM

Breaking Bard

Seismic Shift Productions—Tom Hendry Warehouse

Shakespeare wonks will tell you that his great tragedies have these themes running throughout: love, ambition, madness, revenge, jealousy, and betrayal. The Spontaneous Shakespeare Company use these motifs plus two suggestions from the audience, and craft an hour-long tragedy that the Bard would have a good snicker at. The cast of five also deftly employ the recognizable tropes – soliloquies, asides, comic relief, and vaguely humorous character names (Malaria? Polio?) – that prove that Shakespeare’s tragedies can be funny. (Maybe funnier than his comedies, but I digress.) For fans of the Bard, this is a faithful homage that will have them laughing in the aisles. Well worth the ticket price.

Karl Eckstrand

Breaking Bard

Seismic Shift Productions—Tom Hendry Warehouse

I was ne’r a Shakespeare (or any corky literature) fan and English was one of mine worst subjects ‘i high place of learning. I was almost certain I wasn’t going to thus discover yet I came aroint thinking ’twere one of mine favourites this year! I certain the “improv” part wasn’t as random as a true improv play, yet it doesn’t take aroint from the fun or spontaneity. The play ends ‘i true Shakespearean tragic form, leaving me laughing from the depths of mine bowels.

Ray Yuen