Almost Live | Done/Undone

Wednesday Nov 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm Pacific Time online via Zoom

After two summers spent missing Bard on the Beach, we’re thrilled to partner with them once again for this special presentation of Done/Undone by Kate Besworth.

Done/Undone is a new feature film inspired by a modern question: how well do Shakespeare’s plays stand the test of time – and should some of them not be staged anymore?

This provocative and entertaining response is directed by Arthi Chandra and stars Charlie Gallant (Shakespeare in Love, 2019) and Harveen Sandhu (As You Like It, 2018). These two gifted actors play multiple characters, taking you into the worlds of a pair of actors in Hamlet, two battling scholars, a theatre-going couple divided over Shakespeare’s appeal – and a cameo by Shakespeare himself!

With audio description by Eileen Barrett.

“The acting of Charlie Gallant and Harveen Sandhu is impeccable, fierce, jokey, engaging and so full of life and confidence that the whole experience of watching Done/Undone is exhilarating.”The Slotkin Letter

The VocalEye virtual lobby opens at 6:30 pm Pacific Time for some socializing and community updates with host Amy Amantea. The pre-show introduction will begin at 6:45 pm with Amy and guests. The show begins at 7 pm with a running time of approximately 75 minutes, followed by conversation, Q and A and a prize draw. 

If you’ve never attended a VocalEye Almost Live Zoom event before, you can register for just one event or sign up for the full season. A Zoom link and reminder will be sent to you on the day of the event. Almost Live events are designed for people with sight loss, but everyone is welcome. 

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Questions open doors. When we question, we’re asking to get closer to the truth. We are often fed (by our governments, our media, and our cultures) one truth, one history, one storyline about who we are, where we come from, what we should enjoy, and who we should respect. What I am learning, and what I am pushing myself to continue to learn, is that there is no ‘one’ truth, ‘one’ story, or ‘one’ version. There are as many truths as there are individuals, and in order to come to a deep understanding of an issue, many, many perspectives must be taken into account, especially and vitally those perspectives that have been pushed to the side to make room for the ‘one’ truth.

So, the question that opens the door of this piece is ‘Why do Shakespeare’? And to answer that question, you’ll hear in this film from a number of contemporary characters with differing opinions, differing backgrounds, and differing held truths about the Bard. I wanted to approach this piece from a prismatic angle – presenting to you as many viewpoints on Shakespeare as I could, to then have you form your own opinions and your own truth about him and his works.

This is a time for asking questions. For lifting up and peering under the cultural boulders of our society. A time to ask ourselves why we like the things we like, and a time to look at Canada and where we came from with an informed eye and an open mind. There is freedom, power, and love to be found in curiosity. I invite you to be curious with me, and I hope you enjoy the show.

–– Kate Besworth