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Re: Mamillius' Age
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0685  Thursday, 7 March 2002

[1]     From:   Mary Jane Miller <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 6 Mar 2002 10:55:55 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0664 Mamillius' Age

[2]     From:   Karen Peterson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 6 Mar 2002 10:11:00 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0676 Re: Mamillius' Age


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From:           Mary Jane Miller <
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Mar 2002 10:55:55 -0500
Subject: 13.0664 Mamillius' Age
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0664 Mamillius' Age

I didn't find any textual evidence but when I directed the play I chose
a nine year old who could occupy himself on stage building an elaborate
trap (for frogs) because the poor kid had to be on stage without
speaking for so long. Presumably Shakespeare's young professionals would
not have that problem. Perhaps his audience were used to children being
seen not heard, on and off stage.

Mary Jane

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From:           Karen Peterson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Mar 2002 10:11:00 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 13.0676 Re: Mamillius' Age
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0676 Re: Mamillius' Age

A tangential Mamillius question here.

In the RSC WT "casebook" video of the Greg Doran/Antony Sher production,
it *looked* as if their Mamillius was disabled (the young actor was in a
wheel chair?  always seated, at any rate).  The scenes included in the
video which included Mamillius were brief, and it was hard to see what
was going on.  My question is for anyone who actually saw the production
on stage.  Was Mamillius supposed to be disabled?  Was it a wheel
chair?  Was anything done with this rather interesting idea?  Was it
abled/disabled-blind casting?  Was I mistaken entirely (or hallucinating
again)?

At any rate, the Mamillius-actor seemed, in that production, to be a bit
older than usual, lending some credence to the "he's as old as the actor
playing him" view.

Cheers,
Karen

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