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Random thoughts

“Jazzing up” Shakespeare is risky, but it’s not risky to Shakespeare. It can only make the particular production look silly – it does no harm to the canon.

Shakespeare is under a deadly threat, the dry rot that comes from lying, from uncomprehending audiences sitting politely through skilled but passionless productions, with everyone too afraid to admit that they don’t understand what is being said. The way teenagers conspire not to let on that they have no idea what Led Zeppelin is really saying, but it sounds good.

Storytelling in Shakespeare doesn't really come from the plot. Most Shakespeare plays are poorly edited in a conventional sense. They have way too many irrelevant characters and unnecessary digressions. The best parts of Shakespeare often come from insignificant characters in scenes that don’t really fit with the rest of the play (the Gravedigger in Hamlet, Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech in Romeo & Juliet)

Shakespeare and dreams - A dream is all wrong, absurd, composite, and yet at the same time it is completely right: put together in this strange way it makes an impression.

The reason why I cannot understand Shakespeare is that I want to find symmetry in all this asymmetry. His plays give the impression of enormous sketches rather than of paintings, as though they were dashed off by someone who can permit himself anything.

And if Shakespeare is great, as he is said to be, then it must be possible to say: it’s all wrong, things aren’t like that – and yet his brush strokes are so individual that each of his characters looks significant, worth looking at.

- Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value

Winston dreamed the girl with dark hair was coming toward him across the field. With a single movement she tore off her clothes and flung them disdainfully aside. What overwhelmed him in the instant was admiration for the gesture. With its grace and carelessness it seemed to annihilate a whole system of thought, as though Big Brother and the Party and the Thought Police could all be swept into nothingness by a single movement of the arm. That too was a gesture belonging to the ancient time. Winston woke with the word “Shakespeare” on his lips.

- George Orwell, 1984

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Comment by Giles Abbott on December 1, 2012 at 9:23am

Storytelling Advent Calendar!  Would you like a new episode of a Christmas story for every day of Advent?  I have recorded three beautiful Christmas stories and you can hear them on your phone!  Just call (UK) 08448446446 or text BABEL ADVENT to 60777 to receive free updates.  All stories are suitable for children and adults.  Have a wonderful Advent!  Giles :{~

Comment by Suzie Doncaster on December 17, 2011 at 7:22am

Hello there to fellow Shakespeare group members - some of you I know  personally and some I know of.  Currently I am working with a client who is doing a storytelling performance on R&J.  So I might from time to time go "help" if I feel that we are getting stuck at any point and could do with some support or inspiration from any  other group members, best wishes to all, SuzieD

Comment by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on April 20, 2009 at 1:00pm
Hello all

I'm not sure if I should be here really as I I wouldn't dream of trying to tell Shakespeare's tales with any of the flourish of his plays. Rather I try and pare them down back to the simple tales as he would have heard them as a lad. I do this because firstly many of the tales were already ancient in Shakespeare's time and so are capable of standing alone. And secondly It is my experience that many people are scared of Shakespeare and try as they might find it hard to understand. Therefore telling the tales in a very simple form allows them a modern audience a way in; a hook....
Comment by Kevin Walker on March 5, 2009 at 9:50am
Greetings friends, pray lend me your ears!
When I first set up my storytelling "business" ten years ago I called it "Bardic Traditions" in response for the need in the English curriculum to teach Skakespeare and the terror this brought on teachers in general. I delivered several sessions but obviously widened my scope when the wonderful world of telling overtook me! Do members have tales of telling the bard?

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