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Blank Verse: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Will Shakespeare & the greatest writers in history are failing out of Bankside University.

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Week #1 Show Teaser Blank Verse: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Will Shakespeare, Christina Marlowe, Thomas Kyd, and Benjamina Jonson. Perhaps the greatest writers of their generation, but first they will have to survive Bankside University under the tyrannical reign of Professor Elizabeth Tudor. The new, original comedy special Blank Verse: A Midsummer Night's Dream is based on characters first created in the webseries Blank Verse.

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Donal O. 3  posted 9 years ago

It's another based on folk tale shit thing!

I've heard theatre people actually say that. Seriously.

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Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson

Benjamina Jonson in her artistic glory.
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Shakespearean threesome?

Shakespearean threesome?

Rumour has it...
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Marlowe & Kyd

Marlowe & Kyd

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Shakespeare & Henry

Shakespeare & Henry

Musical Interlude
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The Men of Blank Verse

The Men of Blank Verse

Mandatory Cats for Masculinity
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Comments (19)

  • Christina's Photo
    Christina O. 0  posted 9 years ago

    I've always considered Shakespeare material as something I have to drag myself through in order to get the grades in school. It would be great to see something like this to make light of such material.

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    Roger A. 0  posted 9 years ago

    Has some good acting on it.

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    Michelle B. 0  posted 9 years ago

    I am intrigued! You have provided a good variety of characters, a good intro to them (which I guess is from your already done web series), and I can see lots of potential with this size of cast and the variety of personalities.

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    Ellen M. 0  posted 9 years ago

    This idea has great potential, and I'm surprised there are not more comments; c'mon Canada, take a look at a thoughtful and humorous show where great writers from the past are really from our time and place! I like this idea very much. So keep showing us what you can do with your imaginative concept, team Blank Verse.

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    Catherine H. 0  posted 9 years ago

    Wow! This is delightful!

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    Sheldon O. 0  posted 9 years ago

    Congrats on the top 55, checking your entries to see what ya's got

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    Forman H. 0  posted 9 years ago

    Highbrow comedy, a daring idea, I'd like to see more, good energy, characters will need to be better defined but its hard to discern that in a two minute trailer. Also not sure if they are acting students or English students or students at all so some clarity needed there but I'm drawn in.

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    Joseph R. 0  posted 9 years ago

    As someone who somehow managed to graduate high school with Julius Caesar being the only Shakespearean play I ever read, would I appreciate this as much as others who are more familiar with him? In other words, how deep is the tie-in to Shakespeare, or is it more of namesake than a weave through the content?

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    Amanda K. 1  posted 9 years ago

    Definitely! It is mostly a show about struggling university students- it just happen to be based on the lives of famous historical writers that includes nods to Shakespeare's famous works! It's an added bonus if you get the subtle Shakespeare jokes, but anyone can find these characters and the crazy situations they find themselves in to be funny.

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    Donal O. 3  posted 9 years ago

    It's another based on folk tale shit thing!

    I've heard theatre people actually say that. Seriously.

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    Seigfred P. 0  posted 9 years ago

    Pretty unique, good stuff guys!

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    Sarah Thomas M. 0  posted 9 years ago

    In Love with Shakespeare and smart writing! Be yes be on CBC!

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    Janis S. 0  posted 9 years ago

    Hope you advance as I am intrigued enough by this to watch again! Will definitely check out BV on YouTube

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    Abigael B. 1  posted 9 years ago

    Love Blankverse when it first came out, I can't wait to see what is going to happer next.

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    Krista K. 0  posted 9 years ago

    This totally has the look of an independent film, which is intriguing to me. I like the concept, and think you've got a lot of material to work with. I find it fascinating, and would totally watch. My question is, is it cerebral to people who aren't familiar with Shakespeare? Does it feel accessible to everybody?

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    Shirine B. 0  posted 9 years ago

    I find it very accessible! I've never lived in an English-speaking country & I'm not even that much into drama, so I think I have about the same basic knowledge of Shakespeare as someone who went to an English-speaking highschool, from what I've read on my own. Probably less. And yet I love this webseries. I mean, a lot of references probably flew over my head but beyond all of this, this is just a good story that appealed to me, with characters I found interesting. As someone suggested, you should try the webseries if you want to have a clearer idea of what this is like.

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    Abigael B. 1  posted 9 years ago

    You should go watch Blankverse on YouTube. It would give you a taste of it.

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    Nate S. 1  posted 9 years ago

    This looks like it has a LOT of potential.

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    Bruce N. 1  posted 9 years ago

    Slings & Arrows meets Clone High?? Love iiittttt!

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    brett p. 0  posted 9 years ago

    no thanks

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    Rosie A. 3  posted 9 years ago

    Yo! Loved you guys since the beginning. Good luck! I'll be following along!!!

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    Mary J. 0  posted 9 years ago

    Holy crap that was awesome. Well done. Keep it coming!

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    Graeme H. 0  posted 9 years ago

    Best of luck Ryan, Amanda and Xander!

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