The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2095 Monday, 29 November 1999.
Date: Sunday, 28 Nov 1999 11:56:06 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Brandishing the Sword
I appreciate that Stefan Kirby holds a contrary opinion to my own but
the point surely is that people get to know things by their own level of
understanding. Once attracted their 'opinions' can develop. Personally I
deplore the idea of smurf Lears and teletubbie Hamlets (ue or oue), but
as one subscriber testified by their own teenage experience an interest
was formed. I too know many of the younger generation who at least now
are willing to listen to the name Shakespeare because of Baz Luhrmann's
film. Promoting and keeping the channels of communication open seem to
be better than the cultural elitism Stefan seems to be advocating.
Probably weeks behind this discussion, but hey the cinema spools are
whirring and your opinion won't stop them. What's the worry that
Shakespeare might become jello for the masses?
In the name of Will,
PS: Tybalt was super and a positive impetus for black actors i.e. that
there is exciting work to be done with Sh. the white man's cultural