The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1787  Monday, 26 August 2002

From:           Sam Small <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 17 Aug 2002 20:21:53 +0100
Subject: 13.1767 Re: EastEnders
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1767 Re: EastEnders

I don't know Kacey Ainsworth and Takashi Kozuka's recent posting
regarding her fatuous comments on Shakespeare gives me no inclination to
do so.  However, when I have been forced to watch British soaps like
Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, etc.  I am struck by the
enormous difference between them and the plays of Shakespeare.  In terms
of the creation of a true world, for instance in Eastenders, this
unlikely group has nothing whatsoever to do with the East End of
London.  The Eastenders they attempt to portray have a vocabulary of 50
words, watch at least 6 hours of TV everyday in silence, and are grossly
racist.  But this would make tedious viewing.  The most striking
difference is the total lack of subtext and ambiguity so typical of
Shakespeare's work.  When an Eastender is depressed she says "Oh, mum
I'm so depressed!" - when another is angry he says "Grant, you're really
making me angry!"  or when one of them is planning a robbery he will say
"Tony, I'm thinking of planning a robbery." - and so boringly on.  I
have to ask the overpaid Miss Ainsworth how we hope to turn more people
on to Shakespeare when hours and hours and hours of ploddingly obvious
TV pseudo-drama drenches our potential audience?


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