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Thunder
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1499  Tuesday, 10 August 2004

[1]     From:   R. A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Monday, 09 Aug 2004 11:15:11 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1488 Thunder

[2]     From:   Geralyn Horton <
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        Date:   Monday, 9 Aug 2004 12:23:53 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1488 Thunder


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From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Monday, 09 Aug 2004 11:15:11 -0500
Subject: 15.1488 Thunder
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1488 Thunder

 >Is there really no better documentary or archeological evidence on this
 >subject?

Somewhere (unknown to me at the moment) there is a quote (more or less)
of Inigo Jones exclaiming "They've stolen my thunder."

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From:           Geralyn Horton <
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Date:           Monday, 9 Aug 2004 12:23:53 -0400
Subject: 15.1488 Thunder
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1488 Thunder

 >>I have
 >>read, but as an apparently poorer scholar cannot provide a citation,
 >>that thunder was also simulated in the theater by grasping a thin sheet
 >>of tin at one end and snapping the wrist to create a ripple through the
 >>sheet that counterfeited the sound of thunder quite well.
 >
 >I've come-on both the tin sheet theory and the
 >cannonballs-down-the-trough theory.

For what it's worth-- which isn't very much-- I remember that a theatre
I worked at in my long-ago youth had a tin (or something like tin)
thunder sheet still in use, and I got someone to show me how to make it
roar for the fun of hearing it.  I guess this is tin-sheet practice, as
opposed to theory.  As best I can remember, it had some sort of wooden
piece at either end, and a kind of rope handle by which it was shaken.
  This would have been in the late fifties or early sixties.

Geralyn Horton, playwright
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