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Shakespeare On Demand

People struggle with Shakespeare for a reason. It's time for all that to change... Souls will be saved!

Shakespeare On Demand

People struggle with Shakespeare for a reason. It's time for all that to change... Souls will be saved!

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Shakespeare On Demand - Executive Summary

Shakespeare On Demand marks the 21st Century evolution of Shakespeare. Overnight it will go from being widely perceived as boring old poetry for the intellectual elite into a modernist cultural phenomenon in touch with the beating pulse of a brave new world. Mobilising state-of-the-art new digital media and social learning technologies, Shakespeare is about to become something inescapably cool...

Presently, the literature being used to study Shakespeare in schools across the world is inadequate as a means for the layman or student to independently understand the meaning of any given line, as much as 90% of the desired explanation typically lacking from the current global standard published by universities. There is not a single edition of Shakespeare on the market which addresses each line individually, offering a concise and detailed explanation of word definition, meaning, etymology, Elizabethan or mythological origin and historical context.

Shakespeare On Demand is a digital platform which allows users to read and annotate the plays of William Shakespeare line-by-line. Users can access the content for free via the internet, with the use of an official app, or by paying a nominal fee for printed booklets delivered by post.

Shakespeare On Demand will modernise the study of Shakespeare, rescuing at least 9.7 million students attending Secondary Education in the UK and many millions more across the globe - for whom it is mandatory to analyse the plays in classroom activities, homework, coursework and written examination units - by providing 400 years of scholarship in a centralised database. It will also give people no longer in education the opportunity to discover Shakespeare.

Shakespeare On Demand is currently seeking a £85, 000 - £125, 000 investment. The project is created and managed by Humphrey Pitman.

Risks and challenges

Control Risk #1: Marketing

The minimum target amount of £85k will pay for everything needed except for a promotional budget. Excess funds will be used in a serious digital marketing campaign.

But whatever happens, I'll be pushing it as hard as I can at festivals and conferences for teaching, drama and Shakespeare, contributing journalism, blogging, radio / TV appearances and generally by coupling it with my career as an actor, author & filmmaker. This is a lifetime commitment for me!

Control Risk #2: Content

Please be assured if Shakespeare On Demand is built that in the very worst case scenario, even if not a single person should use the site other than myself, I will still be able to independently annotate enough content for the Top 12 to make good on the promise of delivering 'point blanc the most informative editions every created' within 18 months (1 month per edition, plus 6 months overspill). Nonetheless, I do hope there will be at least a few other admins helping me along the way!

Control Risk #3: Malicious Use

Whilst Symantec's world class SSL security system will protect paying customers and site users' details, what cannot be prevented is so-called 'trolling' whereby users say nasty things to each other.

The plus side is I would also stipulate that if usership has become so high that I am unable to police all the posts by myself, then too are we gaining serious momentum.

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    Shakespeare On Demand App! + Eternal Credits On-Site On-Site & App w/ personal comment translated into Ye Olde Speake + Updates on Project as it developeth

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    Shakespeare On Demand App! + Eternal Credits On-Site On-Site & App + x1 Copy of Limited Edition .44 Calibre Shakespeare Printed Title: The Most Excellent & Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (as seen in video)!

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    Shakespeare On Demand App! x50 (Classroom Incentive) + Eternal Credits On-Site On-Site & App + .44 Calibre Romeo & Juliet +.44 Calibre Othello

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,292

    Shakespeare On Demand App! x500 (School Incentive) + Eternal Credits On-Site On-Site & App + .44 Calibre Romeo & Juliet + .44 Calibre Othello + Honorary Knighthood in Hall of Fame + Handwritten Personalised Sonnet (for the one you love, written with quill & ink, will require completed questionnaire or Sonnet XVIII will be provided)!

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    Pledge £2,500 or more About $3,230

    Shakespeare On Demand App! (Unlimited 2015-2020, Suitable for Schools, Colleges, Universities, Entire Theatre Memberships etc) + Eternal Credits On-Site On-Site & App + x1 Signed Copy of .44 Calibre Romeo & Juliet + x1 Signed Copy of .44 Calibre Othello + Honorary Lordship in Hall of Fame + Handwritten Personalised Sonnet

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    Shakespeare On Demand App! (Unlimited 2015-2020) + Homepage Sponsorship Slot + x1 Signed Copy of .44 Calibre Romeo & Juliet + x1 Signed Copy of .44 Calibre Othello + Handwritten Personalised Sonnet + x1 Visit to a top London theatre to see Shakespeare in performance with other top tier backers and in the company of Humphrey Pitman for intimate conversations around his exciting perspective on Shakespeare

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