Jim Norman considers the value of moving stories from stage to screen.
Online Arts and Lit Editor, Ariane Joudrey, gives Shakespeare Society’s ‘Hamlet’ a 5-star review.
The hilarious and surprisingly talented cast of Shakesoc succeeded in bringing to life all the celebrated aspects of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’, adding humorous details to make it pertinent to uni life. The play included references to Devon and iconic songs such as ‘500 miles’ and ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ . The play also featured […]
I am a sucker for Shakespeare. Whenever I say that to people I tend to be met with looks of disgust or confusion; apparently Shakespeare isn’t an overly ‘cool’ thing to like as an 18 year old. I give the excuse that I’m an English student from Stratford-Upon-Avon so I have no excuse not to […]
“If Shakespeare had never existed,” he asked, “would the world have differed so much from what it is today? Does the progress of civilisation depend upon great men?” Virginia Woolf posed this question in her 1927 novel To the Lighthouse. We spend years of our life studying Shakespeare: his works surround us, from our GCSE […]
In the midst of a party, drunken bohemians decide to put on a spontaneous production of ‘Twelfth Night’. From there, we get the twisted plot of confused identities, unrequited love, and madness that characterises the classic Shakespearean comedy. Although the play dates back to the 17th century, director Wils Wilson’s reimagining is accessible, humorous and, […]
Before I watched A Midsummer Night’s Dream at its opening night at the Northcott Theatre, it crossed my mind that it was a very apt play to be viewing, given the recent bust of summery heat (before we inevitably plunge back into wintry gloom, I am sure). However, once I left the theatre, I realised […]
I studied Twelfth Night four years ago under the guidance of my English teacher, who passed away this year in August. Although I know that I wasn’t his best student, my admiration and appreciation for Shakespeare and English literature stems from his guidance and teaching. I went to see this comedy at the Cygnet Theatre […]
Things I like: Shakespeare, glitter (sorry, environment), and Soft Cell’s 1981 hit ‘Tainted Love’. Something I therefore liked by extension: ShakeSoc’s 48-hour production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For theatre novices who may have been previously unfamiliar with the concept of a 48-hour play (i.e. me), it’s very self-explanatory: it’s a production rehearsed, staged, and […]
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 […]