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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.

Edinburgh Spotlight – news, reviews and ‘things-to-do’s in Edinburgh

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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Dancing for Joy!Incredibly exciting news here, so I’m mentioning it even before I can go into any detail about my own involvement – that’s how exciting this is!

On 2nd February 2011 (yes, next month) Shakespeare organisations, enthusiasts, scholars and professionals worldwide will join together on the AskShakespeare panel, ready to answer your Shakespeare questions.

Find out how this works at bloggingshakespeare.com/askshakespeare and check back for further information here.

O wonderful, wonderful, most wonderful wonderful, and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all whooping!

Celia enjoying a spot of teasing anticipation-building in As You Like It (Act 3; Sc. 2), but I’m afraid I simply had to “speak apace”!

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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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Don’t worry, no need to be “smiling at grief” – the lack of posts as yet is not truly a tragedy.

Still, exercise a little smiling patience and keep returning for advice, information and fun with Acting Shakespeare!

First though, let me know what you want to find in this blog and – as sung at the end of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – I “will strive to please you every day.”

Actually, it may not be that often, but you understand the thought that counts, I’m sure.

Your responses are what will make this practical acting blog of the very best use to all those interested in performing Shakespeare’s text – it’s what it was written for, after all!

 

“She sat like patience on a monument, smiling at grief. Was not this love indeed?”

The disguised Viola in Twelfth Night – Act 2, Scene 4

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