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Modern Bowdlerizations
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.2007  Tuesday, 6 December 2005

From: 		Carol Morley <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 06 Dec 2005 10:12:23 +0000
Subject: 16.1953 Modern Bowdlerizations
Comment: 	RE: SHK 16.1953 Modern Bowdlerizations

In our second year at High School we read Macbeth. The teacher had 
obviously chosen a mildly censored (Porterless) version but 
unfortunately failed to check whether or not the character would 
actually be included in the local amateur production we all trooped off 
to see. He was. Modern dress, entering through the auditorium 
trouserless and reeling, urine-jokes intact and a ripe Glaswegian accept 
redolent of even more obscenity than Shakespeare wrote for him... the 
actor must have enjoyed the massive shock-reaction he got from the 
thirty schoolgirls in the front stalls who thought he was a genuine 
intruder... but I have to say the rest of the play failed to live up to 
that entrance afterwards.

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