The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1991 Monday, 13 October 2003
Date: Friday, 10 Oct 2003 13:44:38 -0700
Subject: Improvised Shakespeare
News from the far side of the world:
BEST OF THE BARD
New Zealand Herald (Auckland), October 11, 2003
A Bard's Tale is Shakespeare off the cuff. Improv actors were asked
"what if Shakespeare, the world's most famous playwright, were alive
today--what kind of plays would he write?" It's iambic pentameter
crossed with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and it's on at the Covert
The eight-strong cast, including James McLaughlin, Mark Scott and T.M.
Bishop, will ask the audience for a title of a play and then perform it
live. They promise "romance, mixed identities, regicide, true love,
spirits and magical spells".
Auckland's Covert Theatre is devoted to improvisation and sketch
comedy. http://www.coverttheatre.com/ "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" is an
improv show born in Britain, occasionally aired in the U.S.
I googled on Shakespeare improvisation and came up with some interesting
links, one of which led me back to Sh. on improvisation:
This fellow is wise enough to play the fool;
And to do that well craves a kind of wit:
He must observe their mood on whom he jests,
The quality of persons, and the time,
And, like the haggard, check at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practice
As full of labor as a wise man's art:
For folly that he wisely shows is fit;
But wise men, folly-fall'n, quite taint their wit.
-- Viola, Act III, Scene 1, Twelfth Night (Cambridge text)
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