The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1381 Monday, 7 July 2003
From: Graham Hall <
Date: Friday, 04 Jul 2003 10:19:08 +0000
Subject: Oxford Town
Not much Shakespeare 'neath the Oxford moon. (Somebody better
Creation Co, apparently the only kids on the block, have moved venue to
a pretty park near Brookes Poly -Uni from their old spot by the river
down the High. Claiming to offer 12 Night and Tempest by William
Shakespeare, they don't. The punters get two plays by said titles
adapted, attributed to, vaguely resembling, etc. something Shakespeare
once wrote. Both are filleted, compressed, altered, torn apart,
re-written and fiddled about with monstrously.
Casts of eight to not a play make. Doubles, triples and axed characters
inevitably impinge upon plot and dialogue. Inserting line dancing daisy
chains, jazz songs, a Nicoise ambience, illusionist properties, four
legged dwarfs, and loads of rinky-dink effects and business does not
conceal the paucity of production. This is a tragedy because the players
shine through when they get to grips with the real Shakespeare...as does
the real Shakespeare. So null point for saying it's by Will. It ain't.
Six 'pon ten for the venue. Seven 'pon ten for the acting. Eight 'pon
ten for the efforts for catering, toilets, bar, corporate hospitality,
rugs, programmes, parking, lit paths, and so forth. Take care with the
costs, stick with Will, let the players and the plot shine through. You
know it makes sense. Whadya think 'bout that my friends?
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