The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1051 Tuesday, 16 May 2000.
Date: Monday, 15 May 2000 16:10:18 GMT
Subject: 11.1039 Re: Ghosts
Comment: Re: SHK 11.1039 Re: Ghosts
I have traced my ghostly recollection of actors using flour to whiten
their faces when playing ghosts. It comes from The Knight of the
Burning Pestle 5.1.4, where Jasper enters with 'his face mealed' when
acting as his own ghost. The example is cited by Stanley Wells in
'Staging Shakespeare's Ghosts', in The Arts of Performance in
Elizabethan and Early Stuart Drama, ed. Murray Biggs et al. (1991).
Wells also discusses the practice of using a white sheet as a ghost