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Re: Actors v Scholars
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0977  Monday, 19 May 2003

[1]     From:   Sam Small <
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        Date:   Friday, 16 May 2003 17:17:57 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0964 Re: Actors v Scholars

[2]     From:   Tue Sorensen <
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        Date:   Saturday, 17 May 2003 12:36:37 +0200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0938 Actors v Scholars


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From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Friday, 16 May 2003 17:17:57 +0100
Subject: 14.0964 Re: Actors v Scholars
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0964 Re: Actors v Scholars

There clearly is a great difference between players and professors.  The
reason they do what they do points to a clear difference of the world
view of Shakespeare they both have.  I think the point is that each
sphere they inhabit is not the complete world and that they really do
need each other.  I am a player and would never be a professor - no, no,
no.

SAM SMALL
http://www.passioninpieces.co.uk

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From:           Tue Sorensen <
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Date:           Saturday, 17 May 2003 12:36:37 +0200
Subject: 14.0938 Actors v Scholars
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0938 Actors v Scholars

Colin Cox writes:

>It has been a constant source of disappointment to me, the bewildering
>'synaptic cleft' between scholar and thespian. What is the history of
>this conundrum? Can anyone elucidate?

There is a book series called "Players" (I'm not sure about the title,
but I think it was reviewed in Shakespeare Magazine) which collect RSC
actors' accounts of how they perceive Shakespeare's literary and
theatrical meaning.  I have not yet read any of these myself, but they
seem like immensely interesting works.

The big dichotomy between actors and scholars must, unsurprisingly, have
to do with whether the plays should be seen as literature or theatre.
Each camp will maintain its own bias, although I have encountered many
scholars who consider the plays theatre first and foremost.

- Tue Sorensen

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