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Re: MND Adaptation for Children?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0706  Friday, 8 March 2002

[1]     From:   Thomas Larque <
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        Date:   Thursday, 7 Mar 2002 17:11:36 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0690 Re: MND Adaptation for Children?

[2]     From:   Joanne Walen <
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        Date:   Friday, 8 Mar 2002 00:17:12 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0690 Re: MND Adaptation for Children?


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From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Thursday, 7 Mar 2002 17:11:36 -0000
Subject: 13.0690 Re: MND Adaptation for Children?
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0690 Re: MND Adaptation for Children?

My sister and I would both like to offer our sincere thanks for all the
help that has been offered on SHAKSPER and by personal E-Mail in answer
to our question.

I did warn my sister that she would be likely to receive severe
criticism on this list for not wanting to use Shakespeare's own language
in this instance, but I also expected to hear from those who consider
any introduction of Shakespeare to children to be futile (whether in
original language or in adaptation) and that viewpoint seems to have
remained surprisingly unexpressed in this exchange - unless Martin
Steward's tongue-in-cheek post strays into that territory.

For the record, my sister would like to make clear that she is a strong
advocate of using original Shakespearean language with children, and
that she is only hoping to use a modern adaptation in this instance
because of limits on her time for this particular production.  She feels
that when she does introduce these children to a full scale
Shakespearean play in original language she would need to take the time
to explain and explore the language with them, and does not feel that
she has enough time to do so in this particular instance.  She would
still like to work on a "Midsummer Night's Dream" adaptation, however,
because of the richness and attractiveness of the storyline, the
multiplicity of the characters, and the range of levels inherent in the
story.

Thanks again for all the help that has been offered.

Thomas Larque.
"Shakespeare and His Critics"
http://shakespearean.org.uk

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From:           Joanne Walen <
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Date:           Friday, 8 Mar 2002 00:17:12 EST
Subject: 13.0690 Re: MND Adaptation for Children?
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0690 Re: MND Adaptation for Children?

No one has yet mentioned the already "cut-to-40-minute" production
scripts of several plays under the title "Shakespeare for Young People",
ed. by Diane Davidson. These are not modernized but just severely edited
editions.  Davidson has provided loads of directorial suggestions for
performance, but these could be adapted or ignored. My source for these
$6.95 texts is The Writing Company (www.writingco.com,

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 ) which also has carried for many years the comic
book Shakespeare editions asked about in another post. Currently in
their catalog are *Macbeth* illustrated by Von and *Othello* illustrated
by Oscar Zarate.

Joanne Walen

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