Monday, June 23, 2008

What’s up with the guy in the rabbit suit?
This is not a question you expect to ask while watching “Macbeth.”

But there he was, confoundingly, an energetic little fellow dressed as a fuzzy white rabbit — tall floppy ears, powder-puff tail and all — scrabbling away in front of a gray concrete wall in the TR Warszawa production “Macbeth: 2008,” staged in the roofless tobacco factory near St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. A giant video projection of a beautiful bald woman loomed above Rabbit Man. It looked like the bald woman was nibbling on a white chocolate bunny as she spouted her cryptic prophecies about Macbeth’s future.

Friday, June 06, 2008

William Shakespeare first folio gets £435,250 - Telegraph

William Shakespeare first folio gets £435,250

A rare first folio of Shakespeare's plays, regarded as the most important book in the history of English literature, has sold for £435,250 at Christies.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

What Shakespeare can teach us about Blogging

When Shakespeare was writing during the Elizabethan period, two types of dramatic style were merging together to form an exciting new voice. Previous to this, London theatre audiences were served up either the traditional Tudor morality play of slapstick allegory and farce, or the more rhetorical academic play based on classical Roman drama. Usually shown in universities, the latter were perhaps not much fun.

Yet Shakespeare was an innovator, and sensed that the audience of Elizabethan England was changing. So he decided to dip into both styles of writing and add in some of his own wit and intellect, to create a new type of play which audiences both wanted and responded to. In short, the new commercial theatres were demanding new content, and Shakespeare and his contemporaries endeavoured to fill the gap.

So what’s all this got to do with blogging?