The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0385 Friday, 17 July 2009
Date: Friday, July 17, 2009
Subject: Streaming Audio: Shakespeare's Sonnets
William Sutton recently shared with me a link to a new feature he has
begun on his site --http://sonnet.iloveshakespeare.com -- streaming
audio versions of Shakespeare's sonnets.
For those of you who do not know William, let me introduce him and his work.
William feel in love with Shakespeare and memorized all 154 of the
sonnets in an coffee house. He then enrolled in and graduated from a
graduate program at the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford upon Avon.
He conceived of a one-man show "Why love Shakespeare?" that I saw in
2002 at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. The show was simply amazing.
He challenges members of the audience to give him a sonnet number to
which he responds by reciting the sonnet. He asks audience members to
provide a line from any sonnet -- so audience members can select lines
from sonnets other than familiar ones, the show I saw began with copies
of individual sonnets being place on seats throughout the auditorium --
of course, William responds with the number of the sonnet from which the
line appears. Amazingly, William also acts as a concordance identifying
the any word from any sonnet with the correct sonnet number.
Information about booking the show, links, and The I Love Shakespeare
Blog can all be found at http://www.iloveshakespeare.com/
But do listen to William's readings of the Sonnets at
http://sonnet.iloveshakespeare.com -- his voice is sonorous and his
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