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Re: Elizabeathan Stage Blood
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0716  Thursday, 22 April 1999.

[1]     From:   Krishna Dunston <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 21 Apr 1999 16:47:13 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Elizabeathan Stage Blood

[2]     From:   Stevie Simkin <
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        Date:   Thursday, 22 Apr 1999 09:54:48 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0699 Re: Stage Blood


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From:           Krishna Dunston <
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Date:           Wednesday, 21 Apr 1999 16:47:13 -0400
Subject:        Re: Elizabeathan Stage Blood

I am also a member of the Stage-Combat listserv, and posed the earlier
question regarding Elizabeathan Stage blood to the membership.  I am
forwarding the following response.

                -K.Dunston

Blood: Making of Most of the time it was a red cloth or silk.  It was
used to show blood in a stage presentation as it was "clean" didn't wet
the stage and wouldn't stain the garments for the next show. (Many show
did 3 or more in a day on the Sabbath (Most show were of a religious
nature until Elizabethan times))

Also a bladder filed with red clay and water was used in some areas of
India and China. Also again real animal blood could be had and used if
wanted (Most of the time it wasn't ) this spoils real fast and is not a
suggested method.

Sources:
Discovery of Witchcraft
Props for the Queen - Elizabethan Stage work
Viscinni (I'm not sure about this spelling I don't have my notes here)
Troupe Comedia
Magic Illustrated: for Boys and teens 1960 Ballok pub.

Hope this helps.

By my hand and in your service,
Glenn Gass

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From:           Stevie Simkin <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 Apr 1999 09:54:48 +0100
Subject: 10.0699 Re: Stage Blood
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0699 Re: Stage Blood

I'm probably very late on this one, but it may be that the original
poster who had read about this and couldn't place the reference had it
lodged in his/her head from Andrew Gurr's still-definitive The
Shakespearean Stage 1574-1642.  Gurr refers to 'bladders or sponges of
vinegar concealed in the armpit and squeezed to produce the semblance of
blood were not unknown...' and mentions the book-holder's instruction
for the Admiral's Battle of Alcazar -  '3 violls of blood & a sheeps
gather', which Gurr glosses as 'a bladder holding liver, heart and
lungs'.  The page refs (3rd edition, Cambridge UP, 1992) are 182-4.

Stevie Simkin
 

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