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What an amazing night out it was for us last night. The MA group that I have just been teaching were invited by the Bell Shakespeare Company to see Romeo and Juliet at the Opera House last night. This was a direct result of the publicity we received in the Sydney Morning Herald last week for our performance of a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream. I think John Bell must have thought it indeed a worthy cause to celebrate Shakespeare having made his debut amongst the Sydney marginalized community. But then Shakespeare was a playwright for ALL people- as last night's performance beautifully demonstrated. For Shakespeare it was often those at the low rungs of the societal ladder who were in fact far more worthy than those near the top. All those plays of his that feature "the fool" (King Lear/ Twelfth Night/ Henry IV - Falstaff) are evidence of this. Shakespeare loved the vitality and wisdom of those at the edges of privileged, successful society... his plays bear witness to this repeatedly... so thank you Bell Shakespeare for a great night out and thank you all those in the cast who could make it: John, Tania, Anissa, Tom, Lissa and the crew from MA.... cheers MG

and was that not an aaammmaaaazzzzzziiiiiinnnnnnggggggg Kiss!
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From:dr_mindbender82
Date:June 21st, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)

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Me and my girlfriend might go see this at the Operah house, but I really want to take her to the Tempest because she hasn't seen it yet, where as Romeo and Juiliet have been played nigh on death.

It's just time and money, but you think it would be worth the trouble and expense or should I wait for a local production like at one of the universities?
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From:michaelgriffith
Date:June 21st, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)

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If you have got the money then it is worth it... but whatever you decide make sure you READ the play thoroughly BEFORE you go.... this applies to both the Tempest and Romeo and Juliet.... but for someone who hasn't seen any Shakespeare yet, R and J is a good place to start.... but READ IT READ IT READ IT BEEEEEEEEE44444444444444444444444444444444UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGO!
Cheers
MG
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From:dr_mindbender82
Date:June 22nd, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)

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She's not much of a reader, but I'll see what I can do. It's not till September so I'm sure we can cover some of it.

Regards.
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From:dr_mindbender82
Date:June 22nd, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)

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I might just get her the Cliffs notes version :) - S0rry, I had to just that end bit, it's really funny if you knew her.
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From:boobookittifukk
Date:June 22nd, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)

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Oi! *smacks* I'm "not much of a reader"?! =PPPPPPPPP
I'll have you know I used to read heaps until I started working. Working full time and studying part time takes up a lot of my time. I can't even be bothered reading magazines now, let alone a novel. =(

Still, I'll make sure to finish my Gaskell, hunt down my copy of Vanity Fair to read, and read The Tempest (once I find a Wordsworth edition).
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From:dr_mindbender82
Date:June 22nd, 2006 10:41 am (UTC)

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How did you get into my lecturer's LJ? Are you spying on me?

Oh yeah, I put his LJ comment in that email. I didn't think you'd comment. I don't know if it's allowed. - Well you've read what he's said, you have to read the thing. You'll like Caliban (I think that's his name, it's been awhile) I got a sequal of the tempest written by Tad Williams somewhere with him in it, which I havn't read yet, we can read it together :-)
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From:boobookittifukk
Date:June 22nd, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)

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Hahaha! Yes, you gave me the link. ;)
Oooh! I love reading plays out. It makes it more interesting, and getting your tongue around Shakespeare is a fun challenge.
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