Every Sunday since October 2012 on @HollowCrownFans we run the tag #ShakespeareSunday (you can read more about this tag HERE), and one of the growing highlights for us and our followers have been the quotes matched with scenes in LEGO from tweeter @H_ShahSafavi. These even include fantastic replica scenes in LEGO from The Hollow Crown, with LEGO Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston!
These fantastic tweets are the work of Helen Shahzadeh-Safavi and her son Rafael, who has just turned six! They are based in Port Pirie, South Australia.
- How did this come about?
It was Raf’s idea. I had logged on to one #ShakespeareSunday to tweet my quote when Raf looked over my shoulder to see a quote retweeted from Lego Loki/ @Loki_Lego. Well, he loves both The Avengers and LEGO so I was forced to divert and show him Lego Loki. I then explained the Tom Hiddleston link to The Hollow Crown, then explained the Shakespeare plays.
“So mum, the man who is Loki plays a king with knights and castles and swords and battles?”
“Oh wow! Mum, we can use my knights to make Lego Shakespeare!”
And so it began! I thought, ‘Yes! Nab him while he interested! What a great way to introduce him to Shakespeare’. I wouldn’t have thought of it myself!
- How do you decide what to photograph?
Primarily, it has to be a child friendly, (needless to say I’ve only let him watch certain parts of The Hollow Crown).
Secondly, I try to use famous quotes that are in common use to boost his general knowledge.
Thirdly, depends how much time we have!
- What has been your favourite photo to do?
Myself, it was the ‘Fathers’ them with Falstaff impersonating Henry IV in the Boars Head Tavern, such a great scene.
Raf, the recent ‘Winter’ theme because he got to use his new Arctic LEGO.
- How did you discover The Hollow Crown?
By happy accident! Sadly, the series hasn’t aired here in Australia! I had only signed up to Twitter purely to learn how it works as my hubby has a café and we were told businesses should use it. I searched a few things that fancied me, including ‘Shakespeare’ and up popped #ShakespeareSunday.
I watched a few clips on YouTube and bought the series from overseas.
- Do you have favourite characters/ scenes?
Oh there’s too many, so hard to choose between them but Ben Wishaw’s Richard II, Jeremy Irons’ Henry IV, Tom Hiddleston’s transferal from Hal to Henry V and Simon Russell Beale’s Falstaff are up there.
As for scenes, I like those with Henry V and Montjoy and I have a particular fondness for the banter between Falstaff & Hal, especially the pub scenes – is that because I’m Australian? Oh and ‘THE SLAP’ of course
As for Raf, I don’t know if I should be concerned but he loves Falstaff, “Because he’s a cheeky ratbag.” His favourite scenes would have to be the battle scenes, although “Francis”, “Anon, anon” appealed as I have a brother called Francis.
- Favourite Hollow Crown Lego tweets:
I like this one as Raf built this entirely on his own. I’m keen to know how the knights will eat through their helmets He just loved the idea of blokes camping & boasting about their armour!
TENNIS BALLS – Raf couldn’t get over the “cheeky” Dauphin, “That’s funny”!!
- What are you most looking forward to in series 2?
Well for Raf, it’s the Battle of Boswoth, (he’s all for action) and the knights in armour.
Me, just how villainous and deformed will Benedict Cumberbatch actually portray Richard III. I personally don’t go for some performances of the past that border on the comical. I get the impression from the photos out there that he may be quite ‘normal’.
Also keen to see how they present the lines. ‘Now is the winter of our discontent’ and ‘A horse, a horse’.
Oh, and the costumes!
Even a couple of the cast from The Hollow Crown have been entertained by Helen and Rafael’s work:
John Heffernan – Francis, Henry IV
Edward Akrout – The Dauphin, Henry V
Two of our favourite picks come from Richard II:
A classic moment in the play and Lego Ben Whishaw really does steal the scene here! We love how Helen and Raf have really captured the costumes and setting from The Hollow Crown.
That beautiful gold armour captured in Lego, and we love the effort to replicate the setting from the show!
With many more #ShakespeareSunday weekends on the horizon we cannot wait to see what Helen and Raf come up with next! A big thank you to them for taking so much time and sharing the fun.