A co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and amateur companies across the UK

This is an arrangement developed between the RSC and Equity

Shirley Allwork

Shirley is a member of The Bear Pit and will be playing the role of Starveling.

Party Trick:

Disappearing into the background.

What would your Midsummer night costume be?

A long skirt, huge creative hat, patchwork quilt flowing coat and a large carpet bag with all things sewing in it.

Favourite Shakespeare play:

Like life... 'The Comedy of Errors'

What do you have on your toast?

Marmalade without Butter and Ginger Preserve on Saturdays

Wildest Dream?

To appear on stage with the other 3 Dames who are the same age as me!

Shoe size?

5 and flat and broad like Norfolk

Tea or coffee?

A large Cappuccino with Chocolate sprinkles

Quill or Ballpoint?


What would your Halloween costume be?

The most comfortable on the rack

Do you believe in love at first sight?

No - it has to grow!

The venue

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

We stage the work of Shakespeare, his contemporaries and the most exciting new writers and performers of today, making every play an event.

We have trained generations of the best theatre makers since we were founded in 1961 and we continue to nurture the talent of the future