Cue-scripting first blew my mind on reading Patrick Tucker’s unique book The Secrets of Acting Shakespeare. Tucker’s experiences fired her imagination, and lead to experimental workshops and performances, further reading, and more workshops and productions, until it grew into Shake-Scene Shakespeare. With Shake-Scene, I have staged full cue-scripted productions of Merchant of Venice, As You Like It and Taming of the Shrew, plus a one-hour version of Romeo and Juliet.
Performing from cue-scripts is such a unique form of theatre, and the actors who take part produce such wonderful spontaneous, brave and inspiring portrayals, with surprising subtly and insight, that I am eternally grateful to the amazing actors who join my workshops and come back again and again for more cue-scripting adventures!
Elements of cue-scripted performance have also now inspired me to formalise part of my work in a practice-led PhD at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, which work is still developing.