After a hard fought war, the returning soldiers leave behind fighting bloody battles and descend upon the house of Leonato to enjoy battles of the heart instead. Two young lovers, Claudio and Hero are set to marry, whilst two bitter rivals, Beatrice and Benedick, continue their own merry war to outwit and better each other’s intellect.
Whilst those closest plot hare-brained schemes to ensure love conquers all, a bitter brother connives to undo all and devastate the joyous gathering. Filled with love, laughter and one or two moments of famous Shakespearean hiding in bushes, Much Ado About Nothing is a pure celebration of the heart.
Moxie On Fire brings together once more a wonderful cast of actors who performed this play in the Summer of 2019 in the gardens of St. John’s College, Cambridge. Edited for a cast of ten, at that time the production boasted full Elizabethan costuming, tight set pieces and sell out audiences - it was always hoped the production could continue to another life on the road. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the theatre industry closed its doors and all plans for the show had to be halted.
Instead of abandoning what had been an incredible production, the director instead decided to embrace the opportunity to use the then emerging online conferencing platform Zoom to gather the actors, record their brilliant performances and create what turned out to be a truly special version of the play. Focusing on the connections between them, the story itself and sprinkling it with a few clever touches of Zoom magic, Moxie On Fire hopes to have captured the essence of the original production and also to have injected it with a whole lot of heart, creativity and love from all involved.
Please note that whilst this is an edited film, it does come with a stripped back quality and you may spot a few fun tech glitches and continuity issues which come from filming over Zoom on and off for 8 months. The challenges of not always having all the cast together at the same time for the same scene, online time delays and signal issues and the hilarity of some not being able to get a haircut… these all add to the charm of this piece that was made with pure ensemble passion and in the face of our industry’s plight.
Huw Brentnall is an actor, writer, and director. He was recently awarded the Best Actor accolade at the Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival 2020 and is currently studying an MA in Classical Acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Kaitlin is a jack of all trades: actress, director, singer, musician, APC Stage Combat Instructor and Examiner, one of only three women on the Equity Register of Fight Directors… and now editor of Shakespearean Zoom Films! Based in the NW, she trained at The Bridge Theatre Training Company in 2002, has played Beatrice twice before in her career and won a Manchester Theatre Award in 2014 for her performance in the one woman show The Alphabet Girl.
Helena is an actor and writer, recently toured as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion and currently working on her one woman show Night Terror.
Mack is an actor, director and producer from Essex. He loves his home county so much that he has fled the UK to perform abroad on 10 separate occasions. Mack is also the Artistic Director of Double Trouble Theatre Company.
Colin is an actor, singer and musician who trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and also Drama Studio London. Working out of London and Scotland he has performed on cruise ships, as an array of Shakespearean roles and as a Pantomime Dame. He is also the co-proprietor of the industry’s beloved Phoenix Arts Club in the heart of London’s West End.
Emilio trained as an actor at The University of Central Lancashire and his credits include Brendan in The Weir, Trotter in Journey’s End and Frank in All My Sons.
Adrian graduated from Rose Bruford College in 1984 and has acted for Kindred Theatre, The Polar Express, Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, The Straight Acting Theatre Company, Badapple Theatre, People Zoo Productions, Demi-Paradise Productions, Mikron Theatre, Oddsocks Productions, The Royal Exchange, Hull Truck, Battersea Arts Centre - some of them more than once! He has appeared in many independent films, runs a story reading business called Story Circle and lives in Salford.
Bristol born character actor Frederick Arnot received formal training from Birmingham School of Acting. Theatre credits include Orsino in Twelfth Night, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rasor in The Provoked Wife, Camillo in The White Devil and Covington in The Misanthrope.
Molly Murphy is an actress and producer from the South of France. Having done a 360° turnaround after a degree in Biochemistry (Bristol University 2013), she graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2017. Her theatre work includes The Gift (Chelsea Theatre, 2018), Antony & Cleopatra (Stockwell Playhouse, 2018), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, 2019). Her short film Clementines, in which she starred and also produced, won Best Short at the British Independent Film Festival in 2020. Molly co-founded Backscatter Productions in 2018 and continues to work on both sides of the camera.
After an epic summer in 2019 of wearing tights and gurning, Nick was delighted to reprise his role as Borachio for this lockdown friendly version of Much Ado. When not treading the boards, Nick works as a tour guide and teaches Spanish. Taurus with Scorpio rising.