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Re: MND Adaptation for Children?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0728  Monday, 11 March 2002

[1]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Friday, 8 Mar 2002 17:17:07 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0706 Re: MND Adaptation for Children?

[2]     From:   Sophie Masson <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Mar 2002 20:49:33 +1100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0690 Re: MND Adaptation for Children?


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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Friday, 8 Mar 2002 17:17:07 -0000
Subject: 13.0706 Re: MND Adaptation for Children?
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0706 Re: MND Adaptation for Children?

Thomas Larque writes, "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". The remarks
of mine were concerning the use of children's drama from the early
modern stage for modern children's productions. I can assure Thomas that
I was in earnest, not because I think introducing Shakespeare to
youngsters is futile (that would be professional suicide!!!!), but
because there is so much tremendous repertoire out there which just
doesn't get read/performed/acted/enjoyed very much. Does it really
strike other list members as such a crazy idea? I am not a teacher of
young children, so maybe I am just overestimating their ability to cope
with old plays that aren't Shakespeare.

m

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From:           Sophie Masson <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Mar 2002 20:49:33 +1100
Subject: 13.0690 Re: MND Adaptation for Children?
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0690 Re: MND Adaptation for Children?

I agree about children liking the original language, in extracts
anyway.  When my youngest son's Year 5 (10-11 year olds) class did a
boiled-down version of Macbeth as their school play, it was the original
language they loved the most. It was funny to see them screaming around
the playground declaiming the witches' speeches and Lady Macbeth's
ravings.

Sophie Masson
Author site: http://www.northnet.com.au/~smasson

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