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Representing Ariel [was BBC Series]
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0239  Tuesday, 11 February 2003

[1]     From:   David Lindley <
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        Date:   Saturday, 8 Feb 2003 10:36:16 GMT0BST
        Subj:   Representing Ariel [was BBC Series]

[2]     From:   Peter D. Holland <
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        Date:   Sunday, 9 Feb 2003 12:24:17 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0227 Re: BBC Serie


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From:           David Lindley <
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Date:           Saturday, 8 Feb 2003 10:36:16 GMT0BST
Subject:        Representing Ariel [was BBC Series]

>The  BBC TEMPEST was the least appealing of all the plays I saw.  But
>then, how can Ariel be captured by a mere human?

Mary Todd's position has plenty of precedent. In 1823, in an
introduction to the Oxberry edition of The Tempest, one 'P.P.' wrote:
'We confess ... the very idea of acting such beautiful abstractions,
such impalpable, shadowy conceptions as "The Tempest " and "The
Midsummer Night's Dream" seem to us to be perfectly absurd. How
satisfactorily are our ideas of Prospero, Caliban and Ariel embodied by
a solemn stalking gentleman in a long gown and grey beard, a hairy
man-o'-the-woods, and a robust young lady with a pair of painted gauze
wings stuck to her shoulders?'

The whole point, of course, is that Ariel must be embodied on stage, and
the nature of that embodiment - male or female actor, bulky (Simon
Russell Beale) or slight (Ian Holm, Kananu Kirimi), profoundly affects
the dynamic of the whole play.  [See Christine Dymkowski's introduction
to the Cambridge Shakespeare in Production edition and, immodestly may I
say it, my own 'Tempest at Stratford', due out in March.]

David Lindley

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From:           Peter D. Holland <
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Date:           Sunday, 9 Feb 2003 12:24:17 -0500
Subject: 14.0227 Re: BBC Series
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0227 Re: BBC Series

Mary Todd wrote "The  BBC TEMPEST was the least appealing of all the
plays I saw.  But then, how can Ariel be captured by a mere human?"

Ah, silly old Shakespeare (clearly in his dotage by then) for ever
imagining that the character could be performed. If only he'd had the
sense of later generations to realise that the character should never be
put on stage....

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