Jim Norman considers the value of moving stories from stage to screen.
Shakespeare’s celebrated play of ambition, the supernatural, and a mad tyrant, iconically set in the scenic highlands of Scotland during the Middle Ages, is taken to Japan and transformed into an extraordinary cross-cultural adaptation by the late director Yukio Ninagawa. First performed at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1985, the play gave Ninagawa his name […]
I ought to preface this review with the statement “I do not speak any German”. Although one of my personal goals for my year abroad is to learn German, at this current junction of the year I can order a cup of tea and thank people, and that would be the end of it. However, whilst […]
Akira Kurosawa’s last great masterpiece, Ran, was released in 1985 as the most expensive Japanese film ever made. Blending the story of Shakespeare’s King Lear with the Japanese legend of Mori Motonari, it’s the tale of an aging warlord in sixteenth century Japan, tired and weary from decades on the throne. When he abdicates in favour of […]
Interpretive dance is something many approach with a sense of trepidation and bewilderment. Can the movement of people’s bodies in strange and sometimes physically unbelievable ways tell a lucid and engaging story that encourages the audience to respond to well-known texts differently? This is Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin’s aim in their adaption of Shakespeare’s […]
Whether on the screen or the stage, you can never have too much Shakespeare. The stories speak for themselves, they continue to resonate with modern audiences and offer themselves up for multiple interpretations. That being said, sometimes the best of the bunch are the ones that keep it traditional. That’s what the latest version of […]