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Re: RSC MND
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.06647  Sunday, 18 April 1999.

[1]     From:   Stuart Manger <
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        Date:   Friday, 16 Apr 1999 23:18:38 +0100
        Subj:   SHK 10.06646 Q: Midsummer Night's Dream

[2]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Saturday, 17 Apr 1999 02:00:45 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   For your attention

[3]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Saturday, 17 Apr 1999 08:05:39 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 10.06646 Q: Midsummer Night's Dream

[4]     From:   William Williams <
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        Date:   Saturday, 17 Apr 1999 14:09:32 -0400
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From:           Stuart Manger <
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Date:           Friday, 16 Apr 1999 23:18:38 +0100
Subject: Q: Midsummer Night's Dream
Comment:        SHK 10.06646 Q: Midsummer Night's Dream

It leaves fairly little to the imagination in the Bottom / Titania
scenes, and the comedy is played for all its worth and a bit more. The
innuendo between Titania and Bottom is translated from Shak's ironical
gloss on their collective innocence into in your face specificity. That
said, it is also the fastest and one of the funniest Dreams I've seen.
Oberon's a bit of a nerd, and Puck was a bit too camp for my liking, but
if your boy is NOT clued up on the finer points of foreplay, then this
will be a serious learning curve for him!!

Boyd was on Radio 4 tonight 'incandescent with fury' over the walk-out
by the Coventry kids, and the whole press jamboree over it. Says he's
taking his ten-year-olds to the show. Well, ten is ten, and six is six,
so ....... money and choice are two words that come to mind.

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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Saturday, 17 Apr 1999 02:00:45 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        For your attention

I thought the list might be interested in the Guardian article about the
current RSC MND production, as mentioned by Lisa Hopkins.

To see this story with its related links on the News Unlimited site, go
to http://www.newsunlimited.co.uk

Over-sexed Shakespeare has shocked pupils voting with feet
By Rory Carroll
Friday April 16 1999
The Guardian

The Royal Shakespeare Company sent warning letters to primary schools
yesterday after a group of Roman Catholic primary schoolchildren walked
out of a matinee performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, shocked by
its sexually explicit nature. A teacher, Stephen McGaw, marched his
pupils out of the theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon after watching a man
dressed as a donkey simulating sex with Titania, Queen of the Fairies.
'The production has really driven a horse and carriage through our
school religious education and sex education policies,' said Mr McGaw.
'The day was a complete disaster, and I was left feeling that all my
positive groundwork on Shakespeare was ruined.' The mixed class of 34
pupils aged 10 and 11 had saved up for the 

 

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