Tag: Shakespeare

  • Another great tip on speaking Shakespeare

    I came across John Clancy‘s blog yesterday via a recommendation from an actor acquaintance. Scrappy Jack’s World-Wide Theatricals and Dime Museum – how could I resist – is a treasure trove of stuff, witty, well-written and full of wise saws and observations. John’s post Making Shakespeare Dull is a beauty. Here’s an extract, but please…

  • Sunday Afternoon in the Park with Will

    And so to Brisbane where one of the country’s newest experiments in outdoor Shakespeare had its second, annual 2-day event.  Shakespeare on Oxford in Bulimba Brisbane culminated in a one-off performance on Sunday afternoon of that most satisfying of Shakespeare’s plays, Much Ado About Nothing. The team of mostly professional actors worked on the project…

  • Happy 445th Will

    The Groundling couldn’t let today go by without wishing William Shakespeare a happy 444th 445th. There are celebrations this weekend in Stratford-on-Avon and at the Folger Library in Washington DC and elsewhere, when there will undoubtedly be a rush of tourists eager to engage in further bardolatry. In my own modest way I intend raising…

  • Tiny, wee movies and moving postcards

    From today, the fabulous Flickr photo application allows pro users ($US24.95 a year) to upload up to 90 secs of individual videos to their site. Formerly users could submit still shots only. I’ve been shooting and collecting images in a ‘theatres’ set on my Flickr page for a few years now. This morning I added…

  • What is a groundling?

    Those wonderful one-penny ticket audience members who stood in the yard of Shakespeare’s theatre. They were a rowdy and indiscriminating lot by all accounts. Hamlet had a few words to say about them. They were, “for the most part, capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows and noise.” But hey, they bought the ticket, and…