Posts Tagged ‘making friends with shakespeare’

Hamlet in the presence of his father's ghost - John GilbertEarlier – in comments – Keith D mentioned a wish “to see a ‘Making Friends With Shakespeare’s Magic(k)’ or similar mystical-themed piece”. So far I have not been able to work on this (too busy with, among other things, the creation of a theatrical Victorian séance!), but to prove I have not forgotten, here’s a little something I came across:


There is a lot more out there, of course, especially looking at individual plays, and I do plan on looking more indepth at this subject, but this particular article is a little different.

In fact, it does not even mention The Tempest or the Scottish Play:

This supernatural soliciting
Cannot be ill, cannot be good: if ill,
Why hath it given me earnest of success,
Commencing in a truth? I am thane of Cawdor:
If good, why do I yield to that suggestion
Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair
And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,
Against the use of nature? Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings:
My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
Shakes so my single state of man that function
Is smother’d in surmise, and nothing is
But what is not.

Macbeth on hearing and wishing to believe the witches’ predictions (Macbeth – Act 1; Sc. 3) – how quickly he thinks of committing murder, rather than some other cause for his succession!

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At this time I am working on a series called ‘Making Friends with Shakespeare’, designed to help with thoughts that re-occur in Shakespeare’s work:-

“One of the many marvellous things to enjoy in Shakespeare’s plays is that a lot of ideas keep turning up to greet you. You may need a little helpful introduction on the first encounter, but at the next meeting there will be that lovely jolt of recognition. After that, you can enjoy the comfort of increasing familiarity right alongside the thrill of further exploration and deepening insight.

Discover Fine Acting’s ‘Making Friends’ series provides those helpful introductions: before long, you’ll be greeting once strange and distant concepts with open arms, gleefully announcing how well you know them.”

If there is a particular concept you feel could benefit from such an introduction, be sure to tell me. What tasks your thoughts?


“We would be resolved … of some things of weight that task our thoughts”

Henry V in (surprise, surprise!) Henry V – Act 1; Sc.2

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