The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0438 Thursday, 24 July 2008
Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 09:57:53 -0400
Subject: Stage "Business", Then and Now
How important is stage "business" in the performance of Shakespeare's plays? Was
it more important then than it is now?
My curiosity was prompted by a recent performance of the National Theatre of
Scotland's "Black Watch." Its high degree of stage "business", few and simple
sets, limited props, fluid scene changes, and costume-emphasis struck me as
similar to Elizabethan-era plays.
For those interested in "Black Watch" and the NTS, scenes from the play along
with Director John Tiffany's remarks are effectively You-Tubed here:
and an inspired, informed recent preview by Jane Edwardes can be read here:
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