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Weʼre raising £1,000 to contribute to the Brig-Aid campaign for Sarah Brigham's rare cancer treatment by doing a 24-hour Shakespeare Marathon

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Our colleague, friend and mentor Sarah Brigham - Artistic Director of Derby Theatre, champion of young people, supporter of emerging artists, and one of life's most generous givers - has a rare form of cancer.

It's so rare that there's no treatment for it on the NHS, so we need to get Sarah to Germany where they can give her the best chance possible.

Team Brig-Aid are campaigning to raise the funds needed for Sarah to have the treatment. We want to contribute to the campaign because we love and respect Sarah for who she is, what she does and how she does it.

We're a theatre company, one of many, who have been supported in many ways by Sarah and we've decided to challenge ourselves and some of our theatrical friends to complete a sponsored 24-hour Shakespeare Marathon.

It all starts at QUAD arts centre in Derby, UK, on Thursday 14th June at 5pm, when the performances and workshops run non-stop until 5pm on Friday 15th June.

If you're in Derby or nearby, drop by to catch a performance. You might want to join in a workshop as well. Whatever you decide, make sure you bring along your cash to throw in the Brig-Aid collection buckets.

The whole Shakespeare Marathon will be livestreamed at, so you won't miss out if you can't make it to QUAD. Please remember to donate here before, during or after the event.

Check out the full 24-hour programme at .

Further to audiences and artists, all shows and workshops are suitable for learners and teachers of literature and drama. We encourage schools and colleges to take part.

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  • Ben Spiller3 months ago
    Ben Spiller

    Ben Spiller

    3 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Thank you for sponsoring our 24-hour Shakespeare Marathon for Brig-Aid! Remember to visit QUAD or watch at at any point between 5pm on Thursday 14th June and 5pm on Friday 15th June. Love from the 1623 team. x

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Page last updated on: 6/26/2018 4:07 PM



  • Abbie Canning

    Abbie Canning

    Jun 26, 2018

    Great job Super Ben and the team. Xxx


  • Ben Spiller

    Ben Spiller

    Jun 17, 2018

    Loose change thrown in the bucket by audience and participants throughout the marathon.


  • Rhiannon Stackhouse

    Rhiannon Stackhouse

    Jun 16, 2018

    This is a wonderful thing that you’ve all done! Xxx


  • Matt G

    Matt G

    Jun 15, 2018

    Well done everyone, you’re almost there and it’s for such a great cause. Sorry I couldn’t be there too x


  • John Whall De-Leuw

    John Whall De-Leuw

    Jun 15, 2018


  • ed


    Jun 15, 2018

    Well done - how are you still awake??


  • Lauren Barkes

    Lauren Barkes

    Jun 15, 2018

    Go go go 1623 & co. Not far from £1000 now, keep donating people.


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At 1623 theatre company, we aspire to make great theatre, support artists, engage learners and work with communities. All in response to Shakespeare and the world today. We are committed to diversity, equality and inclusion.

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