2006

Burbage's Wife

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0800  Monday, 18 September 2006

From: 		Anne Cuneo <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Monday, 18 Sep 2006 15:21:11 +0200
Subject: 	Burbage's Wife

Could anyone tell me the name of James Burbage's wife, Richard Burbage's 
mother? I have seen it somewhere, and cannot find it again - it's a simple 
name, Catherine, or Frances, but I just don't see it any longer. I need it 
urgently for a publication. Thank you.

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RSC Wants End to Boring Bard

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0799  Monday, 18 September 2006

From: 		Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Saturday, 16 Sep 2006 12:29:05 -0700
Subject: 	No More Boring Bard, Pleads Royal Shakespeare Co.

'Boring' lessons putting pupils off Bard
PA News/Times Education Supplement, September 15, 2006

http://www.tes.co.uk/search/story/?story_id=2283208

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) demanded an overhaul of the way the 
Bard is taught in schools today, warning that children were being put off 
for life by "boring" lessons.

The famous actors' company said too many children were denied the chance 
to see Shakespeare's plays performed live and were limited to studying "a 
script on a page".

The RSC's director of learning Maria Evans said children should perform 
scenes themselves in class and undergo some kind of "practical" assessment 
during exams.

All pupils should have the chance to see at least one Shakespeare play 
performed in full during their time at school, she said.

Writing in the Times Educational Supplement, Ms Evans said: "Stop your 
average young person in the street, ask them what they think about 
Shakespeare and 'Boring!' will be a fairly common response.

"Shakespeare remains the only writer studied by every young person in 
Britain, but many leave formal education determined never to come into 
contact with the Bard again."

Currently 11 to 14 year olds have to study Much Ado About Nothing, Richard 
III or The Tempest.

But Ms Evans expressed concern over the way these plays are assessed - 
through written tests on just two scenes of a play.

Not only does this mean that pupils are repeatedly focusing on the same 
two scenes, but they study the lines in isolation from the rest of the 
play, she said.

"Coming up with alternative means of assessment - such as introducing a 
practical element to exams - is a key component of our campaign," she 
said.

"I believe passionately that all teaching should include some 
theatre-based activities."

A spokesman for the Department for Education and Skills said: "Shakespeare 
is a vital part of our literacy heritage and always will be - it's vital 
that pupils learn the great classics.

"The best teaching is based on a creative, in-depth approach leading to 
understanding and this is what schools are already delivering.

"We have issued guidance to schools and teachers that Shakespeare should 
be taught in an active, engaging way, focusing on the play as a piece of 
drama, emphasising interpretation, thinking about the characters and how 
they appeal to the audience, and considering the meaning and richness of 
the language.

"The National Curriculum programmes of study clearly specify that pupils 
should study a whole play by Shakespeare."

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RSC Appeal to Educators

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0797  Monday, 18 September 2006

From: 		Kevin de Ornellas <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Friday, 15 Sep 2006 18:33:43 +0100
Subject: 	RSC Appeal to Educators

BBC News
Friday, 15 September 2006,
Appeal over Shakespeare Lessons:
The RSC wants Shakespeare's work to leap off the page

The Royal Shakespeare Company has claimed that "boring" lessons are 
putting youngsters in England off Shakespeare's work for life.

It is beginning its campaign to transform the way his works are taught.

The theatre company said one of the problems was a lack of live 
performances of Shakespeare's work - so pupils had only the printed word.

Director of learning, Maria Evans, said they should act out scenes in 
class and have a practical element to exams.

In 2006-07 the company is hosting a festival which will see every play 
written by Shakespeare performed by the RSC itself and by other national 
and international theatre companies.

Writing in the Times Educational Supplement, Ms Evans said: "Stop your 
average young person in the street, ask them what they think about 
Shakespeare and 'Boring!' will be a fairly common response.

"Shakespeare remains the only writer studied by every young person in 
Britain, but many leave formal education determined never to come into 
contact with the Bard again."

She said the current assessment format involved a focus on two scenes from 
a play - the present texts for 11 to 14-year-olds being Much Ado About 
Nothing, Richard III or The Tempest.

Not only did this mean pupils were repeatedly focusing on the same scenes, 
but they studied the lines in isolation from the rest of the play, she 
said.

"Coming up with alternative means of assessment - such as introducing a 
practical element to exams - is a key component of our campaign.

"I believe passionately that all teaching should include some 
theatre-based activities."

A spokesman for the Department for Education and Skills said: "Shakespeare 
is a vital part of our literacy heritage and always will be - it's vital 
that pupils learn the great classics.

"The best teaching is based on a creative, in-depth approach leading to 
understanding and this is what schools are already delivering."

Official guidance said Shakespeare should be taught "in an active, 
engaging way", focusing on the play as a whole piece of drama.

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Shakespeare Outside of England/English

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0798  Monday, 18 September 2006

From: 		Todd Pettigrew <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Friday, 15 Sep 2006 10:10:27 -0300
Subject: 	Shakespeare Outside of England/English

Recently an old friend asked me a pair of questions that I felt like I 
should have known the answers to -- and now I'm curious. Perhaps this is 
old hat, but I wonder if anyone can enlighten me on the following:

When were Shakespearean plays first performed outside of England?

When were Shakespeare's plays first translated?

Thanks in advance,
Todd Pettigrew
Cape Breton University

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Movie Stills

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0796  Friday, 15 September 2006

[1] 	From: 	Jeffrey Jordan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Thursday, 14 Sep 2006 17:10:55 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0791 Movie Stills

[2] 	From: 	Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Thursday, 14 Sep 2006 18:27:31 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0791 Movie Stills

[3] 	From: 	William L Davis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Thursday, 14 Sep 2006 20:08:35 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0782 Movie Stills


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From: 		Jeffrey Jordan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Thursday, 14 Sep 2006 17:10:55 -0500
Subject: 17.0791 Movie Stills
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0791 Movie Stills

Replying to Larry Weiss.

 >In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular
 >case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include -
 >(1) the purpose and character of the use, ...
 >(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
 >(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in
 >relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; ...

This isn't a discussion of using entire movies, or even extended clips, 
it's about using stills.  At least that's what the original question was 
about.  The use of a few movie stills certainly falls under #3, and is 
fair use.

A 2-hour movie running at 30 frames per second will contain some 216,000 
frames.  The use of, let's say, 20 stills from the movie would be a 
portion equal to about 0.001 percent of the movie (if my calculator is 
on its toes today.)  That is not a substantial portion by any reasonable 
standard.  People will be fine in using a few stills from a movie.  It's 
no different from using a few brief quotes from a novel that's being 
discussed.  The use of an entire movie, or an extended clip from a 
movie, is a different subject.

Replying to Gabriel Egan.

 >Taking a copy of my friend's DVD does not deny my friend the
 >benefits of owning the DVD.  ...

That is extremely bad reasoning.  You have misunderstood what copyright 
is, versus what a copy is.  Your friend did not buy the copyright when 
he bought a copy of the DVD.  Your friend is not the copyright owner. 
When you copy a friend's DVD you are, in fact, depriving the copyright 
owner of a sale.  There are now two copies instead of one, but the 
copyright owner has only been paid for one.

 >That's why it isn't theft and why no-one should be ashamed of it.

It is most definitely theft, from the copyright owner, and anyone should 
be very ashamed of it.  It is called stealing.

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From: 		Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Thursday, 14 Sep 2006 18:27:31 -0400
Subject: 17.0791 Movie Stills
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0791 Movie Stills

Gabrial Egan argues:

 > Taking a copy of my friend's DVD does not deny my friend
 >the benefits of owning the DVD. That's why it isn't theft and
 >why no-one should be ashamed of it.

But it is theft; not of your friend's property but of the property of 
the creator of the DVD, who has the exclusive right to make copies (17 
USC sec 106).  If Gabe's quibble is with this universal law (see Berne 
Convention), he should address himself to the national legislatures that 
have enacted it, not encourage people to break the law.  I doubt he is 
willing to indemnify anyone who suffers as a result of following his 
advice, and I doubt even more that he is ready and able to do so.

People who write books, write and perform music, produce motion 
pictures, etc., are compensated based on the number of other people who 
are willing to buy the books, records, DVDs, etc.  By making 
unauthorized copies the pirate deprives the creators of income they have 
the right to receive.  That is theft.

There are members of this List who make a living teaching students.  If 
their universities took to taping their lectures and distributing the 
tapes to any student who signs up for the course, they could easily 
dispense with the professors' services.  This might be a good idea; it 
could lead to reduced tuition and dispose of those pesky troublesome 
academics who often find a way to embarrass their institutions.  Who 
could possibly object?

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From: 		William L Davis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Thursday, 14 Sep 2006 20:08:35 -0400
Subject: 17.0782 Movie Stills
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0782 Movie Stills

I debated about responding; after all, it's clear Gabriel is set in his 
opinions.  Pointing out the numerous fallacies in Gabriel's home-grown 
legal perspectives would not achieve much good because he clearly feels 
justified in his exceptionally peculiar view of the rule of law, and any 
attempt to spell it out would clearly be a waste of time.

His attempt to counter my examples with the spurious logic he chose to 
employ clearly indicates he does not fully comprehend the scope and 
ramifications of the law regarding these matters, or what my examples 
actually demonstrated.  As such, it's impossible to engage in meaningful 
dialogue.  I frankly find myself embarrassed for him, seeing such a 
stellar academic scholar showing his bum in such a painfully public way. 
  Only those completely ignorant of the law could be swayed by such 
pathwork logic.

We can dance around the issue with distractions, funny sayings, 
rhetorical flourishes, and wave our magic wands in an attempt to 
distract the watchers from the reality of these actions and what they 
represent, but it will not turn illegal activities into legal ones. 
Advocating that people may exploit someone else's work for gain in the 
manner Gabriel has suggested reflects an attitude that has no care, 
concern or regard for the interests and property rights of other people. 
  Call it what you like, dice it how you will, such attitudes and 
behavior will always be unprofessional, irresponsible and unethical.

For those who still prefer to take Gabriel's advice over the advice of a 
professional who actually works in the field, I have some free advice: 
don't ever represent yourself in court.

Regards,
William

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