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30 January 2016 @ 11:46 pm
Shakespeare Solos starting February 1; Emma Rice and Shakespeare's language  
As part of the whole #shakespeare400 thing, the Guardian is posting videos of various actors (among them Adrian Lester, Roger Allam, and Eileen Atkins) performing Shakespeare speeches, starting on February 1:


There's a trailer up now, if you're interested in that sort of thing.

And while I'm here, an opinion piece about Shakespeare's language, and Emma Rice's suggestion that it's better to change "chimney-sweepers" to "dandelions":

In defence of Shakespeare's difficult bits

And some letters in response to that piece:

I admit that I've been kind of worrying about this ever since I read that article in which the author mentioned that Emma Rice changed the name "Fidele" to "Ian." I don't know anything about her, really, so I guess we'll wait and see, but...
litlover12 on January 31st, 2016 05:08 am (UTC)
Roger Allam doing Shakespeare! YES! Thanks for the link! :-)
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on January 31st, 2016 05:16 am (UTC)
Glad to be of service!
a_t_raina_t_rain on January 31st, 2016 03:13 pm (UTC)
... Emma Rice's suggestion that it's better to change "chimney-sweepers" to "dandelions"...

Bwuh? But "dandelions" is a SECONDARY meaning -- a nice little bit of lagniappe if you know about it, but surely NOT the primary sense of the word "chimney-sweepers" in that line! We're supposed to see the children of the rich and the poor first, and the image of a dandelion being blown out second. Aargh, it's bad enough when people try to smooth out all the double meanings and ambiguities, but worse when they pick the wrong sense to retain!

I hope she never directs Hamlet, because she'd probably make him tell Ophelia to go to a whorehouse. Ugh.
tempestsarekind: she runs lunatictempestsarekind on January 31st, 2016 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yes! Someone pointed that out in the letters, I think: that replacing "chimney-sweepers" with "dandelions" makes the line stop making any sense! It's so odd when people think you can fix a pun by only providing one of the two (or more) necessary meanings.

she'd probably make him tell Ophelia to go to a whorehouse

Hee. "Why wouldst thou be a breeder of…wait, these lines don't make any sense together anymore, what am I saying?"