Banksy for the Wimp: Shakespeare Edition – Contest rules


Do you remember the moment when you sat there and these lines and curves on the blackboard or paper in front of you became letters that morphed into words and sentences and stories? How different the world became for it – not simpler, but wider and more yours to conquer. How you felt like you just bravely stroked the spin of The Monster Book of Monsters and now no secret was ever again secure from your mind. In the second installment of Banksy for the Wimp: The Shakespeare Edition I intend to recreate this experience so you can rediscover the magic of reading skills and storytelling – with a wink. Oh, and one lucky person can win an original piece of artwork. What are you waiting for? Get you code breaker hat on.

The rules:

Starting November 1, 2014 I will post one out of 30 chalk on blackboard storyboard of a Shakespeare play in emoji code per day through several outlets. You have till midnight EST (that’s 5 am Greenwich Mean Time) to send the title of the play of the day to

One entry per day, but you can participate every day. There will be one winner drawn randomly on December 1 Hunger Games style – the more right entries you submit (30 would obviously be the highest possible number of entries per person), the higher the number of times your name is in the pot, the higher the possibility of you winning.

The storyboards are made up like pages from medieval manuscripts complete with an illumination each. The illustration picks up on the play. I dare to say in a couple of cases you can base your guess on this illustration alone or how many plays do you know about a handkerchief?

On ten days I will post additional clues hidden in a text about some ideas I feel like sharing about the play in question. And whenever I feel like it I will post quotes from the plays.

I devised one code that I used to translate all the plays’ synopsizes. Once you cracked it you can easily read the storyboards.

Last but not least, here is an alphabetical list of all plays that will come up. 30 means that there are nearly all plays published in the First Folio of 1623. A paper version that I’ll create while the competition goes on will contain all 36.

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