Category Archives: Shakespeare

The Shifting Point

Peter Brook, courtesy of Wikipedia

I read Peter Brook’s collection of essays some time ago, but – most unfairly – decided to write a post about John Barton first. This is not because Brook was any less interesting (if anything, he’s the opposite), but rather because of the usual lack of world and time this blog constantly suffers under. Continue reading The Shifting Point

Thou art a scholar, speak to it… (III)

Images from archive.org and artstor; changing at 3 second intervals: 1) Mad joy, 2) Moderated joy, 3) Tranquility, 4) Surprise, 5) Astonishment, 6) Sadness, 7) Despondency, 8) Fear, 9) Horror, and 10) Despair

Images from archive.org and artstor; changing at 3 secon intervals: 1) Mad joy, 2) Moderated joy, 3) Tranquility, 4) Surprise, 5) Astonishment, 6) Sadness, 7) Despondency, 8) Fear, 9) Horror, and 10) Despair

As is I have done not once, but twice before, I’m uploading a recording of myself speaking a seminar paper. This is a rough version of what I will be delivering on Monday 3rd November 2014, from 4pm in the Board Room of the English Faculty at Cambridge.

As the file is large and hypothesis has limited upload sizes, you’ll have to download it via dropbox by clicking on these links.

Enjoy!

La Haine du Théâtre

I spent three very enjoyable days at the Sorbonne last week at a conference held as part of the Haine du théâtre (The Hatred of the Theatre) project. I was going to write up my thoughts immediately afterwards, but than came down with some horrible digestive disease, hence this delayed and probably less accurate account.

Summing up three days and over thirty papers isn’t really possible. So I’ll divide this post into three sections. First, a passage on some of the most interesting points I heard over the course of the event. Second, a few observations of my own about theatre-hating. Third, a general conclusion about speaking and listening at conferences. Continue reading La Haine du Théâtre

John Barton, Playing Shakespeare

About four or five months ago, I picked up John Barton’s Playing Shakespeare in one of Cambridge’s second-hand bookshops. It’s been sitting on various shelves ever since, but a recent long train journey gave me the time to sit down and read it. The book is based off a TV series of the same name Barton did with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1980s, and has the aim of offering a ‘practical’ guide to performing Shakespeare. Although entering its fourth decade, the book is still popular now, and I enjoyed working my way through its chapters. Continue reading John Barton, Playing Shakespeare