Verse Theatre presents: 'Bard Games'
(Scheduled – every Thursday)

Thursday afternoons and evenings will bring an interactive Shakespeare game show to the Wagon Stage, as Re:Verse Theatre presents 'Bard Games'. Roll up and spin the 'Wheel of Shakespeare' and our three competitive actors will present a scene on the spot. Get ready for sword fights and shenanigans as we work our way through the Bard's canon. The show will never be the same twice, and at the end of each hour you'll get a chance to cheer for your favourite genre. Will it be History? Tragedy? Comedy? Or do you prefer plays that don't fit any one category? Come find out and give the wheel a spin!

'Bard Games' features Jodie Fletcher, David Phillipps, and Em Thane. Created and Directed by Ben Prusiner.

Re:Verse Theatre produces classical plays that are inventive, entertaining, and have a social relevance to today. Recent projects include Ben Jonson's Volpone for the York International Shakespeare Festival, A Yorkshire Tragedy as part of a true-crime double bill, and the Feminist Fletcher Festival exploring the works of Shakespeare's co-author and successor, John Fletcher. Visit re-versetheatre.com to learn more.


York Waits Band
(Scheduled – every Monday and Sunday)

The York Waits is a recreation of the band of professional musicians that was employed by the City Council from the early 1400s through to the time of Shakespeare and beyond. Their original function was to provide entertainment on civic occasions as well as performing for the delight of the citizens. In many ways their function emulated that of the court musicians, adding pomp and colour to the life of the city, and similar groups could be found in centres of any importance across Europe.

The Waits perform on the instruments of the period, using shawms and sackbuts {early forms of the oboe and trombone), curtal, (bassoon), recorders, flutes, bagpipes, fiddles, pipe and tabor, hurdy gurdy, as well as various plucked strings.

The current band, which was started in the 1970s, undertake a wide range of functions, from concerts across the country and abroad, recordings, historic celebrations and a busy December season of Christmas recitals. They continue to provide music for the City of York a couple of times each year, leading the annual Mayor Making Procession in May, and beating the bounds at the Sheriff's Riding on December 21st.

For further information about the Waits, images, forthcoming concerts and details of their CDs and recordings, visit theyorkwaits.org.uk.


York Shakespeare Project
(Scheduled – Saturday afternoons)

Visitors to the Shakespeare Village on Saturday lunchtimes will be entertained by actors from the York Shakespeare Project on the Village Waggon. They will be performing well known and lively excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays. What might you witness? Perhaps a taste of our most recent production, Two Noble Kinsmen, or knockabout humour from the rustics in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and witty banter from the lovers in Much Ado About Nothing, famous soliloquies from Hamlet or an unusual version of The Tempest.

York Shakespeare Project was created in 2001 by members of the cast of the York Millennium Mystery Plays. YSP’s simple but ambitious aim is ‘to stage the whole cycle of Shakespearean Drama in York over 20 years’. 17 years and 32 plays later it is on track to complete all of Shakespeare’s plays by the end of 2020. A proud part of York’s rich cultural life, YSP has involved hundreds of residents in its productions. Its 34th play will take place in November 2018. More details online (yorkshakespeareproject.org) and on Facebook. New audience members and new performers always very welcome.


Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade – Accordion
(Scheduled regular slots throughout the week – also performing as the accordion playing within Romeo & Juliet with the theatre)

The word accordion was first said almost 190 years ago. It was the inventor of a little keyboard instrument with reeds and bellow, Austrian Cyrill Demian, who gave his invention that name.Since that almost toy instrument to nowadays, accordion has developed in such an extraordinary way that now we are able to appreciate an extremely versatile instrument that can perform in a large range of styles and ensembles, as well as a soloist.The repertoire for accordion includes works reaching many different styles and characters. From classical to contemporary, folk music and tango. From transcriptions of baroque pieces written by Bach or Scarlatti to the most modern original works that maximum level present composers, such as Sofia Gubaidulina or Magnus Lindberg, devote to our instrument. All these posibilities allow to create a variated and interesting concert program that shows the audience the multiple faces (from the more usual to the more unknown) of the accordion.

Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade Born in 1994 in Barañáin (Navarra), Iñigo gained his Bachelor Degree in Music from the Conservatory of Music in Navarra with Nekane Iturrioz and his Master of Arts degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Professor Owen Murray.

He has taken part in concert series and festivals in Spain and the United Kingdom, including the BBC Proms, Adelburgh, Froome and Spitafields festivals (UK), “La noche en blanco” (Cádiz) and the Accordion Cultural Week (Zarauz), as well as performing in venues such as the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Union Chapel, St. James's Piccadilly, Glyndebourne Opera House and Colston Hall (Bristol). He has also assisted in various courses and masterclasses taught by renowned accordionists and musicians, including Friedrich Lips, Matti Rantanen, James Crabb, Mie Miki, Magnus Lindberg, Javier López Jaso, Miguel Ituarte, Alexey Artemyev, Antonio Serrano and Javier Colina. Iñigo enjoys collaboration with contemporary composers, which has led to the première of new works for solo accordion, chamber music (with different ensembles and instruments) and accordion and orchestra. A highlight has been the première of David Johnstone’s ‘Concert for accordion and orchestra’, with the orchestra of the Professional Conservatory Pablo Sarasate, and Tiento IV by Xabier Sarasa, with the orchestra of the Conservatory of Music of Navarra. He has also participated in projects such as ‘Música Visible’, SIGNUM, MARTIROlógika (together with the Garaikideak Contemporary Music Centre), and several ‘Composers Projects‘ at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

He is member of the Southern Cone Quintet, a quintet dedicated to the contemporary re-elaboration of music from Argentina, Chile and Uruguay and influenced by jazz; the Diphonon Duo, along with violist Michael Iskas and the Duo Giuliano-Mikeleiz with cellist Daryl Giuliano. Among the instrumental ensembles he has collaborated with are the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Deco and Riot Ensembles and Belsize Opera. More info at inigomikeleiz.com .


York Dungeons
(Tuesday evening 5-7pm weekly)

The York Dungeon is bringing 3 exclusive performances to Shakespeare’s Village, featuring horrendous characters and performances you’ll only be able to find on top of a wagon!You’ll meet The Gong Farmers, who are on the lookout for a recruit to join their ranks, but be wary, their job literally is the pits… Experience OUTBREAK!

As the Black Death makes its way to York, there’s only way to survive, and luckily one local con-artist…er…we mean genius, has the only cure you’ll need. Let’s just hope the Doomsayer doesn’t scare everyone off before the plague arrives.

And finally, witness a Tribute to the Rose, featuring two dedicated, proud and completely moronic jesters on either side of the fence, with one backing the challenger Henry VII (*spit*) and one supporting the glorious Richard III (hooray)!


Mad Alice – Bloody Tour of York
(performing every Wednesday – with a few exceptions)

Award winning Mad Alice from the Bloody Tour of York and her assistant Clifford will tell the gruesome truth behind Shakespeare's plays. Was Richard III that villainous? Why was James I obsessed with ghosts? What was the plague really like in Shakespeare's day? And did audiences enjoy watching torture and punishment as much as watching plays? Learn how Shakespeare may have even borrowed from York's very own gory history.


Mad Alice and Clifford delight and disgust audiences with 20 minute shows running throughout the day/afternoon