Just what it says on the tin…
You know the OSF and their PlayOn! project? The one about “translating” Shakespeare into contemporary English? We spoke about it a few posts ago, remember?
The company, it seems is “of about 11 minds on the issue”, but Mr. Johnston’s argument is a valid and interesting one: he says he is not afraid that the OSF’s translators will fail – but that they will succeed…
How so? Read the post to find out. Here is the link again.
- Shakespeare and film around the world (oup.com)
Well, perhaps not quite so eager, the day he landed at Il Palcoscenico di Carta towed by his mother – but this changed soon enough when we gave him a speech or two to read. You could see he loved it from the start: the atmosphere, the reading, the tale, the voices, being part of it, chatting with the real actors… Continue reading
Do you remember the Paper Stage – Canterbury’s public play-reading group? I told you about it some time ago.
What perhaps I didn’t tell you is that, after that post, Dr. Newman of the Paper Stage wrote to me asking: why not? Why not do it, why not set up an Italian chapter of the Paper Stage in my hometown?
And indeed… why not? Continue reading
I just discovered (thanks, M.!) Mya Gosling’s delightful blog, Peace, Good Tickle-Brain, where she hosts her Shakespearean* and non-Shakespearean web-comics.
Just to whet your appetite, and because it is highly seasonal, have a look at these New Year’s resolutions** by Shakespeare’s characters…
* No, Shakeaspeare didn’t vanish from Scribblings Wednesday at midnight. Neither did Marlowe. Just so you know.
** Maybe we’ll discuss those in earnest, next week.
Did you know you can now view Globe productions on demand on the Globe Player?
You can choose your play, read an introduction and a cast list, watch a preview and browse viewers’ comments. If you like what you see, you can either rent or buy the video for a very reasonable charge – or even send it as a gift, which is a nice thought for this time of the year.
You can also choose from a wide selection of foreign productions: Shakespeare in a rainbow of languages, under Globe To Globe.
And there is some free content as well, such as Muse of Fire, a series of interviews with Shakespearean actors and directors, about the relevance of the Bard in today’s world. And the bizarre but fascinating Sonnet Project NYC, a collection of small movies – one for each sonnet, filmed in New York to combine Shakespeare’s works with the city’s “urban poetry”.
A treasure trove for all of us who live far, far, far away from London and its theatres.
Look what I found: a collection of art inspired by Shakespeare, with a definite emphasis on XIXth Century paintings. You can browse by play or by artists.
And this slightly odd book of two hundred and thirty vignette engravings – all of them Shakespearean illustrations from designs of John Thurston. And there is also this 1909 Gallery of Shakespeare Illustrations from Celebrated Works of Art. Both books to browse online or to download from Internet Archive.
The University of Wisconsin’s Illustrated Shakespeare Collection takes some little effort to browse, but is well worth it.
Also, there should be the Oppel-Hammerschmidt Shakespeare Illustration Archive at the University of Mainz, but all links to it seem to be broken… Still, because the description sounds so promising, I post the link all the same, and if you discover something I missed, please let me know in the comments.
- New portraits of Bard of Avon found (thehindu.com)
There was this meme, once upon a time… Suppose it turns out you can summon characters out of books. And frankly, if I could summon characters out of books, I’d do it all the time, and spend inordinate amounts of time with them… er, yes – I’m that far gone. But for the moment, let us stick with the meme: which five characters would I want as company for a wild night out?
Well, I was reminded of this meme when my friend G. told me about a wonderful RPG she plays at college, involving randomly assigned literary characters. On being reminded, I sought and found the answer I wrote, once upon a time, on my Italian blog, and realised that, if I were to do it again, I’d choose different characters – at least most of them. After all, one wild night is one wild night, and a girl doesn’t have to want to hang out with the same crowd forever, right?
So, considering that my notion of a wild night, out or otherwise, includes (but is not limited to) endless and occasionally argumentative talk on a variety of subjects, impromptu theatre games, nonsense galore, and a certain quantity of eccentric mischief, here is my round of invitations:
1) Beatrice, from Much Ado About Nothing. Unbeatable at wordplay without being too waspish. Merry, witty company – and she sings too.
2) Sarah Thane, from Georgette Heyer‘s The Talisman Ring. A woman with a taste for absurdity and the right turn of phrase – and a prodigious liar when the occasion requires it. I’m sure we’ll go along very, very well.
3) Kit Marlowe – Anthony Burgess‘ version – strikes me as the sort who can be relied upon for vertiginous conversation about almost anything. And all the theatre one could wish for. The trick will be to keep him from becoming nasty when in his cups.
4) Alan Breck Stewart. A man with a dancing madness in his eyes, who can improvise extempore ballads at the least provocation sounds far too perfect to leave out. He has enough of a temper to cause trouble, and of course Scotland, England and Scotland and England as conversation topics are out of the question, but I’ll be careful.
5) Ned Henry, Connie Willis‘ historian-cum-time-traveller. He can be a tad scatterbrained, especially when time-lagged, but adorably so – and he is one of the nicest imaginary persons I know. Plus, he is a time traveller, and really, nothing would make my wild night like some time travel .
Well well well, considering that my first choices were Nicholas Christopher‘s Veronica, Emily Brontë*, Puck, Sidney Carton and Kit Marlowe, I’d say that this time I’ve equipped myself for a far jollier wild night, wouldn’t you?
And what about you? Which five characters would you invite out of books for a wild night?
* Yes, I was cheating. You could say I cheated again with Marlowe, but I mean Marlowe-as-a-character. Or else I just cheat at memes, so sue me.