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Re: Secondary School Play Choice
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1081  Tuesday, 23 May 2000.

[1]     From:   Stuart Manger <
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        Date:   Monday, 22 May 2000 19:33:33 +0100
        Subj:   SHK 11.1076 Secondary School Play Choice

[2]     From:   Virginia Byrne <
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        Date:   Monday, 22 May 2000 16:01:24 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1076 Secondary School Play Choice

[3]     From:   Alan Pierpoint <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 May 2000 02:38:59 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1076 Secondary School Play Choice

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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 May 2000 05:07:02 EDT
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From:           Stuart Manger <
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Date:           Monday, 22 May 2000 19:33:33 +0100
Subject: Secondary School Play Choice
Comment:        SHK 11.1076 Secondary School Play Choice

You mean no HAMLET????????

Definitely NOT Much Ado. Hugely over-rated in my view, and flawed.

If you really have to, then Othello. But, good grief, what an editorial
decision. Are they mad?

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From:           Virginia Byrne <
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Date:           Monday, 22 May 2000 16:01:24 EDT
Subject: 11.1076 Secondary School Play Choice
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1076 Secondary School Play Choice

If I had to choose from the two offered i would choose OTHELLO have
taught both to my secondary  school Shakespeare class and I think
OTHELLO offers far more interesting people and relevant problems to
teenagers. BUT my suggestion is Richard the Third. THEY LOVE IT and it
offers a lot of discussion for them AND you can teach them a mini
English history course in the process

Virginia Byrne

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From:           Alan Pierpoint <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 May 2000 02:38:59 EDT
Subject: 11.1076 Secondary School Play Choice
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1076 Secondary School Play Choice

Interesting choice.  The two plays meet at so many points:  the Italian
setting (at least in the first act of Othello), the military culture,
the diabolical villains, the drunken constabulary, the too-perfect
heroines and the credulous dupes that love them.  Of the two, (having
taught both at the high  school level), Much Ado gets my vote.  It's
great fun, and has a good video.  It also serves as an entry for
discussions of values and gender issues.  So might Othello; but I've
seen high school audiences laugh inappropriately at the ending, and I
don't blame them.  The death scenes in Othello strike them as phony, and
I haven't met the teacher that can get a high school class past
Lodovico's "Oh bloody period" line without breaking up.  I daresay the
kids have a point.  Its brilliant symbolic structure and vivid poetry
notwithstanding, Othello is a play of uneven quality and relatively
scant appeal for high school students.  Much Ado is a better play for
that age group, or (so I think) any other.   -Alan Pierpoint

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Date:           Tuesday, 23 May 2000 05:07:02 EDT
Subject: 11.1076 Secondary School Play Choice
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1076 Secondary School Play Choice

RE: anthology...

King Lear surely? (though beware the different texts...)

For kids with no knowledge or 'scholars' with plenty... King Lear is the
highest art and the worst - Johnson didn't get it and Yeats misread it
and every poet since has been unable to avoid it. Even Schostakowitz
couldn't outdo it.
 

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