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Re: Disasters in Performance of the Scottish Play
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2250  Monday, 11 November 2002

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Date:           Saturday, 9 Nov 2002 09:42:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 13.2230 Re: Disasters in Performance of the Scottish
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2230 Re: Disasters in Performance of the Scottish
Play

>My first Macduff: armed to the teeth with target, battle-ax,
>hand-and-a-half sword slung over my back, and outsize dirk at my belt
>(the conceit was that we were all really, really bloodthirsty, even the
>women-folk were armed - even though no one would ever go into battle
>with all that stuff).  The S.K. and I went at it: my battle-ax snapped
>along the handle, I cast it away; the target split in two under the
>S.K.'s answering stroke, I cast it away; my hastily-drawn
>hand-and-a-half sword snapped at the hilt at the first stroke, I cast it
>away; I drew the dirk as the S.K. looked at me nervously, and the dirk
>flew from my hand and into the theatre (no one was hurt). With an
>inarticulate roar I hurled myself at the S.K. and the stage manager
>called a black-out. When I returned with the bleeding head of the S.K.,
>someone in the audience called out very loudly, "What did yer do - bite
>his ******* head off?"

I hope that Peter Webster can confirm for us that in his "Macduff 1" he
began his final lunge at the S. K. with the charge, "Have at you!".


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