The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0932 Wednesday, 3 April 2002
Date: Wednesday, 3 Apr 2002 12:13:44 +0100
Subject: 13.0916 The Laws of Theatre
Comment: Re: SHK 13.0916 The Laws of Theatre
Martin Steward writes from Myles na Gopaleen: I have several plays
(opens drawer, points in, hastily covers half-exposed bottle, slams
drawer shut) and competent people who have read them certify that there
is neither beginning nor end to them.
This is why Myles na Gopaleen will be long forgot when Shakespeare will
be remembered till the edge of doom. There is a deep human need for
stories. They are the stuff of myth making that binds races, religions
and nations. All stories have a beginning middle and end because it
reflects the life cycle itself. Everyman starts his journey in
innocence, is then tried by the forces of darkness and finally wins
through either in spirit or body. Myles na Gopaleen does not understand
this nor will ever. There are some people who think they can re-write
the laws of the universe - they can't. Those that try bore the public
and guarantee their own obscurity.
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