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No Moor of That
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1074  Tuesday, 18 May 2004

From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Monday, 17 May 2004 16:31:35 +0000
Subject:        No Moor of that

Lord Bragg, presenting "The Southbank Show"  dedicated to Othello,
strides downstage at (what I have been advised is) Shakespeare's Globe
and in his introduction informs that "[...] Burbage gave his first
performance {meaning I think as Othello} four hundred years ago here
{S.D. Looks about him} at the Globe."

Such sloppy scripting leads us into the temptation. But nevertheless an
interesting adventure into creating received wisdom out of potential
myth. Also, there was a depressing focus on the blackness of it all in
and out of the text. The current South African connection in the cast
was made much of without much illumination thereof.

Later, in the wee small hours on BBC Radio 4, Juliet Stevenson and Naomi
Frederick were in fascinating conversation about the role of Rosalind.
This exposed and investigated the process of coming to terms with a
character. A little jewel but late, late, late and discovered by
serendipity.


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