SCRUM: Bafta-winner Toby Jones to join actors and young asylum seekers in 24-hour ‘Shakespeare Marathon’ fundraiser

SCRUM, a theatre cooperative nurturing the next generation of acting talent, is set to be joined by Bafta Award-winning actor Toby Jones in a 24-hour ‘Shakespeare Marathon’ fundraising event. The event will involve actors reading as many of Shakespeare’s plays as possible to raise money for Compass Collective during Refugee Week – a national event celebrating the contributions of people seeking sanctuary.

Compass Collective is an award winning arts charity that currently supports around 500 young people aged 14-26 (70% of whom are unaccompanied minors) seeking asylum to build resilience and successfully integrate into the UK. They achieve this through a variety of projects including creative English language classes, theatre, music and film projects, and professional development programmes.

Toby Jones, who has been a trustee of the charity since 2020, will join more than 80 others including young refugee actors for the all-nighter production, which takes place on 21st June.

The venue hosting the marathon is Scrum Studios in Hammersmith, west London; a space that we at Hammond Associates proudly sourced.

Those involved are expected to get through 23 Shakespeare plays during the marathon, starting with Romeo and Juliet then moving on to others including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, with darker toned plays such as Macbeth, Hamlet, and Richard III scheduled to take place in the early hours of the morning.

The plan on stage is to have a large central ‘reading’ table where the actors will sit, while spectators will sit in a circle surrounding it.

If this fantastic event for a worthwhile cause takes your interest then make sure to visit SCRUM’s website to find out more!

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