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Re: 'The Scottish Play
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2155  Wednesday, 12 September 2001

[1]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Sep 2001 11:05:36 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2143 'The Scottish Play'

[2]     From:   Donna Williams <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Sep 2001 09:50:57 +0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2143 'The Scottish Play'


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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Sep 2001 11:05:36 -0400
Subject: 12.2143 'The Scottish Play'
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2143 'The Scottish Play'

>In UK, yes, it IS still widely observed superstition / convention that
>actors/ theatre folk do not refer to the play by name on theatrical
>premises or amongst themselves. 'The Scottish Play' is very nearly
>universally its moniker.

Here in Stratford, Ontario, actors commonly refer to the play as
"Mackers"

Tanya Gough
www.bardcentral.com

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From:           Donna Williams <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Sep 2001 09:50:57 +0800
Subject: 12.2143 'The Scottish Play'
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2143 'The Scottish Play'

> In UK, yes, it IS still widely observed superstition / convention that
> actors/ theatre folk do not refer to the play by name on theatrical
> premises or amongst themselves. 'The Scottish Play' is very nearly
> universally its moniker.
>
> Stuart Manger

Not just in the UK.  In Australia, people are extremely superstitious
regarding 'that Scottish play' in the theatre.  And there is always some
bizarre ritual if you do say it.  Is this a worldwide thing?

Donna Williams

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