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Re: Elizabethan Stage Blood
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.06648  Sunday, 18 April 1999.

[1]     From:   John Drakakis <
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        Date:   Friday, 16 Apr 1999 19:24:59 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.06642 Re: Elizabethan Stage Blood

[2]     From:   Jeff Michael <
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        Date:   Saturday, 17 Apr 1999 18:27:49 EDT
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From:           John Drakakis <
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Date:           Friday, 16 Apr 1999 19:24:59 +0100
Subject: 10.06642 Re: Elizabethan Stage Blood
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.06642 Re: Elizabethan Stage Blood

I think that the liquid used was vinegar, though I can't recall the
reference.

Bloody good question

John Drakakis

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From:           Jeff Michael <
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Date:           Saturday, 17 Apr 1999 18:27:49 EDT
Subject: 10.06642 Re: Elizabethan Stage Blood
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.06642 Re: Elizabethan Stage Blood

I checked on this with my brother, who is  an MFA in props design and
artistry. He said they covered this subject in grad. school and he was
taught that the Elizabethans used bags filled with pig and/or sheep guts
and real blood. I didn't find out whether this was in a textbook or if
his professor taught it in lecture, but I consider him a very reliable
authority on anything properties related.  The Globe must have smelled
even worse than I ever imagined.

Best wishes,
Jeff Michael
 

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