14 July 2022
· A show you shouldn’t miss at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe ·
If you plan to be Fringe-ing in Scotland next month, this event belongs on your must-see list.
A Rose By Any Other Name
Venue 29, Paradise in The Vault, The Annexe
11 Merchant Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2QD
15 Aug (preview), 16-20, 22-28
1hr 50 min,
tickets £12 (preview £10)
concession for students, seniors, etc
or scan the QR code above
[from the media release]
Wait! Someone else wrote Shakespeare?!
Presenting her case that someone else created the works of Shakespeare, charismatic Irish actor and lawyer Rose Loughlin debuts her solo show A Rose By Any Other Name. The show charts the colourful journey of Rose’s real-life experiences in her quest to discover the real Shakespeare. From clues in Cambridge to proof in Padua and validations in Venice, the show offers incredible insights, entertaining encounters, and moving monologues.
The show’s inspiration is Rose’s passionate interest in Shakespeare authorship, a subject she discovered by accident while studying classical acting. To gain understanding she read into Shakespeare’s background, and became fascinated by the weight of evidence pointing to Elizabethan courtier, poet, and playwright Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, as the actual writer behind the plays and poems credited to the pseudonym William Shakespeare.
“Applying analytical skills from my legal career to Shakespeare, I travelled to places associated with de Vere– where he was born, lived and worked, visited, and died. The journeys were filled with magic moments and unexpected delights, providing ripe material for a show that I hope sparks intrigue and wonder.”
Rose hopes the audience will become curious about Shakespeare authorship even as her human story shines through, underpinned by the universal themes of personal transformation and the joy of discovery.
For fans of Shakespeare, A Rose By Any Other Name promises a new perspective challenging long-standing perceptions. For those who aren’t, Rose’s charm and conviction may well awaken the desire to learn more.
About Rosemary Loughlin
Hailing from Cork, Ireland, Rose Loughlin is a Dublin-based lawyer and actor. Her acting training includes Stanislavski, Meisner, classical, voice, and body work. Studying under acclaimed director/playwright Andy Hinds, author of Acting Shakespeare’s Language, she became fascinated by the Shakespeare Authorship Question. She is an active member of the De Vere Society.
If all goes well I hope to have some audio from Rose’s show to add to this post after the run is over. Keep an eye on my Hear the Crier notes in the sidebar for updates. In the meantime have a look at Rose’s video With The Mind I Will Be Seen, First Prize 🥇 winner in the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship’s Who Wrote Shakespeare? contest in 2019.