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Clocks and Bells
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1718  Friday, 7 October 2005

[1] 	From: 	Terence Hawkes <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 6 Oct 2005 12:54:22 -0400
	Subj: 	SHK 16.1706 Clocks and Bells

[2] 	From: 	David Richman <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 6 Oct 2005 13:42:43 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1706 Clocks and Bells

[3] 	From: 	Martin Steward <
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	Date: 	Friday, 7 Oct 2005 09:11:43 +0100
	Subj: 	SHK 16.1706 Clocks and Bells


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From: 		Terence Hawkes <
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Date: 		Thursday, 6 Oct 2005 12:54:22 -0400
Subject: Clocks and Bells
Comment: 	SHK 16.1706 Clocks and Bells

Steve Sohmer writes

'there's a good deal of  inferential evidence that clocks and bells were 
audible within the Globe'

True, and so were other sounds. The screams and general uproar from the 
nearby bear-baiting arena is an example. The degree to which these might 
be made integral to the performance of certain plays is an interesting 
question.

T. Hawkes

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From: 		David Richman <
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Date: 		Thursday, 6 Oct 2005 13:42:43 -0400
Subject: 16.1706 Clocks and Bells
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1706 Clocks and Bells

In an outdoor or partially outdoor theatre, noise must necessarily 
become part of the show--for better or worse.  In a production of "The 
Tempest," on Appledore Island, one of an archipelago off the coast of 
Portsmouth, NH, the gulls became parts of the show.  Here are the 
salient sentences from the article on this show from Alex Kafka's 
article in the Oct. 7 issue of "The Chronicle of Higher Education."

"A couple of months before, the cast might have had to carry sticks over 
their heads, as Mr. Kaye did when he was scouting locations, because the 
thousands of gulls, in full assemblage, would target the highest point 
they could find. Fewer and calmer in late August, however, they prove a 
wonderfully spontaneous, natural element in the staging. One, for 
instance, makes an emphatic cameo, its cry punctuating Prospero's 
warning to Ferdinand against breaking his newly beloved Miranda's 
"virgin-knot" before marriage."

Acting Prospero, I was and remain most grateful for this avian 
counterpoint. David Richman

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From: 		Martin Steward <
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Date: 		Friday, 7 Oct 2005 09:11:43 +0100
Subject: Clocks and Bells
Comment: 	SHK 16.1706 Clocks and Bells

Steve Sohmer's musings about the bells ringing outside the Globe 
presuppose a high degree of meticulousness in the planning and pacng of 
the dramatic performance, which might just about be convincing in this 
age of atomic clocks, wristwatches and train timetables... but is there 
evidence that the general population in the pre-railway age had a truly 
universal and accurate sense of time, right down to minutes and seconds 
(which is what would be required to get everyone into the Globe well in 
time to start the performance at exactly the right moment in the first 
place, and to monitor the pace of the performance so that the apposite 
moment in the playtext coincided the noise from outside?

m

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