The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0475  Monday, 26 November 2012


From:        David Frankel <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         November 24, 2012 10:43:42 PM EST

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Blood?


I’m definitely no expert on Elizabethan stage blood (I’m not sure, for example, what a “sheep’s gather” is), but I wonder if “3 viols of blood” might leave the word “stage” understood. In greeting ready for my spring production of Hamlet, my designer and I have talked about the need for blood. Both of us know we’re talking about stage blood, so there’s no need to state.  So, I’m not sure that the use of the word (even connected to sheep’s gather—is that a container for the blood?) means that the animal’s blood was used. It might, but I suspect not. 


C. David Frankel

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