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Two Gents at Stratford Festival
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0349  Thursday, 26 August 2010

[1]  From:      David Evett <
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     Date:      August 2, 2010 11:11:09 PM EDT
     Subj:      Re: SHK 21.0340  Two Gents at Stratford Festival

[2]  From:      Mark Aune <
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     Date:      August 3, 2010 7:04:37 AM EDT
     Subj:      RE: SHK 21.0340  Two Gents at Stratford Festival


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From:         David Evett <
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Date:         August 2, 2010 11:11:09 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0340  Two Gents at Stratford Festival
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0340  Two Gents at Stratford Festival

>I find it impossible to believe that even (or particularly) a trained and 
>therefore traumatised bear could be relied upon to enter and exit on cue
>without being led on a chain, which would defeat the purpose of the effect.
>They are unpredictable. I certainly would not relish being in the vicinity 
>of a grown bear that wasn't both chained and muzzled-particularly in the 
>equally unpredictable and scary-to-the-bear public theatre audience.

A question here is whether the play was first performed at Blackfriars, with 
something like a lights-down at the end of the first half. If so, the bear did 
not have to do more than appear briefly through the center-stage entrance, 
perhaps through a pair of curtains, which means that a bear-ward at the other 
end of a controlling chain would have been dimly if at all visible. And a 
similar effect could have been managed, I think, at the Globe.

David Evett

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From:         Mark Aune <
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Date:         August 3, 2010 7:04:37 AM EDT
Subject: 21.0340  Two Gents at Stratford Festival
Comment:      RE: SHK 21.0340  Two Gents at Stratford Festival

Dear all,

Having just returned from Stratford ON, I can confirm that a real dog, a basset 
hound named Otto. Its understudy is named Keppy, breed unknown.

As for Winter's Tale, the bear was not real, but impressive.

Best,
Mark


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