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Shakespeare and Identity

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Our Shared Experience

  • Room CC101, YSJ University Creative Centre

About the Show

27th April, 2pm-6pm - Creative Centre, Room CC101, York St John Free to attend - please book a ticket in advance York St John University, the European Shakespeare Research Association and the York International Shakespeare Festival invite you to an afternoon of discussion and shared experiences on Shakespeare and Identity. We have a keynote presentation on The Indian Journeys of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by leading academic and podcaster Dr Varsha Panjwani, and reflections on Debra Ann Byrd’s one woman show Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey, which is playing as part of the YISF 2024 programme. We bring together practitioners, educators, students, local and global festival contributors to participate in panel discussions and Q&As, covering a wide range of ways that Shakespeare can be central to the way we develop an understanding of ourselves. We interrogate the ways in which Shakespeare can sometimes exclude, but also how Shakespeare can be appropriated and reconfigured to speak to us all as diverse individuals and as societies. This event is free, but we ask you to reserve a space so that we know how many are attending, and to consider making a donation to the work of the festival.

Booking Information

On each of our events we offer a ticket option called Pass It On! If you purchase any number of these tickets, we will gratefully pass them on to people who otherwise would be unable to attend due to financial barriers, with a special focus on refugees and asylum seekers. Would you like to be considered for a Pass It On! ticket? Contact us at --- All tickets for our events have an added 20p to help cover our ticket processing surcharge. Tickets purchased in person are not subject to this charge, but we cannot guarantee availability without booking in advance. --- Each of our venues have different accessibility. If you are disabled please contact us to confirm accessibility information for this venue. Call 07784819412 or email --- No longer able to attend? We understand - things happen. If you are no longer able to attend we ask that you let us know as far in advance as possible so we can re-sell your ticket. We will offer refunds and aim to process these within 30 days. Contact us at for more information and to request a cancellation.

Donate to YISF

This festival runs on a non-profit model, made possible by the hard work of dedicated volunteers and contributions from international organisations, private donors, and local partners. Every donation helps to ensure this work can continue.

In 2024, your donations will go towards...

-the creation of an original performance by actors from Ukraine and artists from York

-storytelling workshops in schools and libraries across Yorkshire

-identity building workshops for secondary students delivered by renowned international artists

-university students receiving hands-on work experience in event management and international literature

And so much more!

Do you have questions or want to get involved? Email us at


Thank you so much, your donation is greatly appreciated.

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