Shakespeare, Nonconformity and Diversity
George Dawson and the founders of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Library were Nonconformists in religion, and they are buried in Birmingham’s Nonconformist cemetery, Key Hill. But Birmingham has, throughout its history, encouraged ‘nonconformism’ in many other ways; and Dawson himself worked to achieve a rich, diverse culture which maximised such freedom. Dawson taught that the sheer range of Shakespeare’s characters gives us an image of what a more progressive and tolerant modern world might look like. ‘Everything to Everybody’ seeks to connect Shakespeare with Birmingham’s Nonconformist history and with new forms of nonconformism and freedom of expression across the contemporary city.
To find out about the 'Everything to Everybody' Project: https://everythingtoeverybody.bham.ac.uk/
Keywords: Shakespeare, George Dawson, Ewan Fernie, Shakespeare Library, Everything to Everybody