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Well, it has been a while since the last post!

This has to do with directing ‘As You Like It’ for Arkle Theatre Company, on in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Royal Scots Club, and reviewing many Shakespeare-related shows during the Fringe.

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For those reviews, here’s a search for ‘Shakespeare’ on www.edinburghspotlight.com – most of those reviews will be mine, but of course all are worth a gander.

A few of the best shows:

No Holds Bard – a solo show where various tragic characters fight for possession of an actor’s body

Titus Andronicus: an all-female production – an energetic and imaginative staging well-presented by The Smooth-Faced Gentlemen

Repertory Theatre – a would-be playwright gets caught up in a Hamlet-ian world on presenting his first play to the rep theatre artistic director who was ‘as a brother’ to his late father

You can also find the entertaining ‘Shit-Faced Shakespeare’, where one actor has deliberately become drunk for the performance.

As for ‘As You Like It’, reviewers and audiences happily commented on finally ‘understanding Shakespeare’ when seeing this production – a great accolade, methinks!

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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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