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Xmas Greetings 2012

Follow picture link for some Shakespeare ‘gifts’ and enjoy!

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Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY

~by Josh Cabat

It is a trope with which we have become extremely familiar, from endless reality shows higher quality fare like Modern Family and The Office. A scene is played out, only to be interrupted by what in the business is known as a cutaway. Here, the character breaks the fourth wall, addresses the audience directly and describes what was going through his or her head while the action of the scene was happening. Perhaps they might offer some analysis of their own actions or comment upon the actions of others; perhaps they will reveal their deepest fears and wishes. Perhaps they will offer predictions and hopes for what is to come, and maybe even reveal plans for how they intend to accomplish those ends. Does this sound familiar?

Yes, it could be The Situation in Jersey Shore, or a conniving member of this season’s cast of Survivor.

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Magic Shakespeare Book

A brilliant post showing that, yes, children CAN engage with Shakespeare…

Fighting With Truth « Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY

For those not familiar with US schooling, children in 6th Grade are about 11 years old at the start of the academic year.

What experience of Shakespeare did YOU have at school? Anything you’d want done differently?

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Yes: “Ownership of the words is the key” – how often I say this!

Very interesting account of Attenborough’s views, as expressed recently to The Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon…

Michael Attenborough and Shakespeare | The Shakespeare blog

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Shakespeare beseeches

An article by Colin David Reese, which includes a look at the performance of Shakespeare’s plays in his day and some wise words about Shakespeare’s communication, especially to do with sound…

Shakespearean Text in the theatre

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Shoreditch venue proposed on Shakespeare theatre site – News – The Stage

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Here’s talk about gender-blind casting (characters can be played by male or female performers, regardless of their original gender) and of a 50/50 split on casting re. gender (half of each cast should be women, as opposed to the predominantly male casting that is current)…

Women in the theatre: what next after Julius Caesar? | The Shakespeare blog

symbols - male female joint diagonal

I saw the King John mentioned and Pippa Nixon, playing The Bastard (conflated with Hubert), was brilliant (and I don’t just say that because we were drama students together – believe me, if I were not impressed, I wouldn’t mention her)! In King John, cross-gender casting worked very well indeed – and it was great to see Paola Dionisotti as Cardinal Pandulph, with her strong presence and command of the stage and the language.

What do you think?

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