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Slings & Arrows Multimedia

Slings & Arrows Spotlight Introduction

Slings & Arrows Interviews

Slings & Arrows Reviews and Reception

Slings & Arrows Teachers' Guides

CASP database entries:

Season I

Season II
Season III

Slings & Arrows is a Canadian television series set in the world of a fictional southern Ontario Shakespeare festival. On February 5th, 2006 members of the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project (CASP) coordinated with Rhombus Media to document the forty-fifth day on set at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille. Documentation of this visit makes for a large part of the multimedia material we have collected here. We begin with a series of video clips from seasons One and Two of Slings & Arrows.

 

Scenes from Slings & Arrows

Screen shots from Slings & Arrows

Film clips from seasons one and two of Slings & Arrows are accessible below. These clips are also embedded in CASP's Slings & Arrows introduction page.

You will require Quicktime Media Player to view these video clips; visit www.apple.com/quicktime to download the player for free.

Video clip Season 1, Episode 1 “Oliver’s Dream”

Tension over the failing artistic leadership of Oliver Welles (Stephen Ouimette) is illustrated in a rehearsal of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Video clip Season 1, Episode 1 “Oliver’s Dream”

Oliver Welles (Stephen Ouimette) and Nahum (Rothaford Gray) on opening night of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Video clip Season 1, Episode 2 “Geoffrey Returns”

A reading of Slings & Arrows as a critique of the Stratford Festival is furthered as Albert Shultz (Soulpepper) speaks at the memorial of Oliver Welles.

Video clip – Season 1, Episode 3 "Madness in Great Ones"
Holly Day (Jennifer Irwin) and Richard Smith-Jones (Mark McKinney) discuss Shakespeare's appeal after a trip to see Mamma Mia in Toronto.

Video clip Season 1, Episode 5 “A Mirror Up to Nature”

Holly Day (Jennifer Irwin) introduces board member May Silverstone (Marcia Bennett) to her plan for a Shakespeare theme park.

Video clip Season 2, Episode 1 “Season’s End”

Moira (Jackie Burroughs) appears on closing night of Hamlet, recalling Macbeth’s first vision of the weird sisters at the edge of the battle.

Video clip Season 2, Episode 2 “Fallow Time”

Anna Conroy (Susan Coyne) suggests that Richard Smith-Jones (Mark McKinney) apply for a government grant from the "Cultural Initiatives Fund."

Video clip Season 2, Episode 4 “Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair”

Darren Nichols (Don McKeller) introducing his vision for the Barthes-inspiredRomeo and Juliet.

Video clip Season 2, Episode 6 “Birnam Wood”

The prophecy that Geoffrey Tennant (Paul Gross) will direct Macbeth in the coming season haunts him until the prophecy is realized. This scene presents Tennant’s Macbeth in performance.

 

Interviews

Cast members from Slings & Arrows

This collection of interviews supports our continuing research into Canadian adaptations of Shakespeare.  Included here are interviews with series actors Paul Gross (Geoffrey Tennant), Stephen Ouimette (Oliver Welles), Martha Burns (Ellen Fanshaw), Graham Harley (Cyril), and actor/writer Susan Coyne (Anna Conroy). The interviews were conducted by CASP on February 5th, 2006. More information about each interview and interviewee can be found on CASP's Slings & Arrows Interviews page

Video clip Martha Burns (Ellen Fanshaw)

Video clip Susan Coyne (Anna Conroy)

Video clip Paul Gross (Geoffrey Tennant)

Video clip Graham Harley (Cyril)

Video clip Stephen Ouimette (Oliver Welles)

 

Supplementary Video

As the reduction of eight hours of filming on set, we have prepared a selection of raw footage that documents a creative process which appears impossibly disjunctive but for the magic of post-production. Follow Peter Wellington’s direction of Paul Gross, Sarah Polley, and Mark McKinney, watch as William Hutt returns to the stage as Lear, and explore every angle and vantage point on the Toronto set of Slings & Arrows III.

1. William Hutt on the set of Slings & Arrows

2. The Cast of Slings & Arrows on set

3. Director Peter Wellington and Cast & Crew on the set of Slings & Arrows: Part One

4. Director Peter Wellington and Cast & Crew on the set of Slings & Arrows: Part Two

5. Director Peter Wellington and Cast & Crew on the set of Slings & Arrows: Part Three

 

Documentary

A short documentary, A Look Behind the Scenes , brings all the above multimedia parts together and offers an accessible introduction to Slings & Arrows as a fascinating adaptation of Macbeth, King Lear and, centrally, Hamlet.

A Look Behind the Scenes

 

Slings & Arrows press kits (Visitor’s Guides)

Press kit from Slings & Arrows Season 1Slings & Arrows Press Kit Season TwoSlings & Arrows visitors guide cover

Also included below are PDFs of the press kits from Slings & Arrows I and Slings & Arrows II. The “Visitor’s Guide” format of these packages includes not only series facts and figures but also fictional newspaper articles and character profiles from the world of the New Burbage Festival of Shakespearean Theatre.

Slings & Arrows Press Kit (Season 1)

Slings & Arrows Press Kit (Season 2)

Slings & Arrows Press Kit (Season 3)

 

Slings & Arrows Spotlight Introduction

Slings & Arrows Interviews

Slings & Arrows Reviews and Reception

Slings & Arrows Teachers' Guides

CASP database entries:

Season I

Season II
Season III

CASP gratefully acknowledges Rhombus Media's permission to include these video clips in the Slings & Arrows Spotlight.


Disclaimer: This site has been designed with only non-commercial, academic uses in mind. Although every effort has been made to secure permission for materials uploaded on the CASP site, in some circumstances we have been unable to locate copyright holders. Links may be made to our site but under no conditions are the texts and images to be copied and mounted onto another site server. Researchers using the site should accredit it following standard MLA guidelines on how to do so. Correct citation of information from the site is as follows:

Fischlin, Daniel. Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project. University of Guelph. 2004.
<http://www.canadianshakespeares.ca>


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