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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

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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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Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY

We’re all talking about it, because we’re so excited that this resource is now available for the world to use!Folger Digital Textsare here!

Folger Digital TextsCurrently featuring 12 of the most popular of Shakespeare’s plays, over the course of the next year we’re planning to see all of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, and a few of his contemporaries make their way to this free resource page. The line numbers in the Folger Digital Texts lines up with the popular printed Folger Editions of Shakespeare’s plays, and are search-able by word or phrase, or jump-able by act, scene, or line number.

The meticulously crafted and embedded text code can even be downloaded for classroom use in project and app creation. We can’t wait to see what you can do!

Our developers are eagerly awaiting feedback as we launch this resource into the world, so please give it a look, try it…

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Shakespeare's rhythmIn this video, the RSC looks at what can be found in the rhythm of Shakespeare’s verse, including contributions from Cicely Berry

Teaching Shakespeare | Introducing Iambic Pentameter |Royal Shakespeare Company – YouTube

If you are interested in the basics of iambic pentameter, you may find this Discover Fine Acting article helpful:

Shakespeare’s Verse: Iambic Pentameter – It’s Easy!

Any questions, feel free to ask!

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