“Lie not, to say mine eyes are murders. Scratch thee but with a pin and there remains some scar of it. Lean upon a rush, the cicatrice and capable impressure thy palm some moment keeps. And now mine eyes, which I have darted at thee, hurt thee not. Nor I am sure there is no force in eyes that can do hurt.”
Just added a bunch of Shakespearean comedies to #serialreader including As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, and more. Find them all, plus other comedies by Shakespeare already in the app, in the new collection here: https://www.serialreader.org/collection/5d3dad5ca5468404af76dc03/
Our first Shakespeare in the Park performance of the summer: As You Like It! Pretty nice evening, and hopefully it'll cool off even more once the sun goes down.
We just closed the Young Acting Company's production of this show. It was an original edit done by our director and it was amazing. These kids were able to do Shakespeare better than some adults I have seen. I am so proud of them all for the work they did to get here. Also, we actually had the little ones on stage as goats. I never want to see this done without that again. It was brilliant and one of my favorite scenes.
“Here feel we but the penalty of Adam,
The seasons' difference, as the icy fang
And churlish chiding of the winter's wind,
Which, when it bites and blows upon my body,
Even till I shrink with cold, I smile and say
'This is no flattery: these are counsellors
That feelingly persuade me what I am.'”
- a great Shakespeare quote to have running through your head while walking your dog in the bitter cold
I don't mind telling you, Prescot (near Liverpool) was an absolute dump when I was growing up here in the 80s and 90s. Mass unemployment and a huge derelict factory in the 80s, and all the pubs were scruffy and full of Carling-fuelled scallies when I started drinking in the 90s. Now they're building a Shakespeare theatre here and there's a Shakespeare themed micropub called the Bard. Exciting times.
♠️My apologies on the delay in posting who won the Shakespeare Comedy mug- there were quite a few entries to tally! The winner of this fine piece of china and tea accompaniments is..... @TheBookHippie !!!!
(Email me at purple_violets01 at yahoo dot com)
Congrats! I‘ve been having so much fun and learning from the great discussions being had on #TheShakespeareReadAlong threads.
I may have spent the last couple of days playing Sims and making characters based on As You Like It... 🙈😂 Meet Ros, Celia, and Orlando Frederick! The kids‘ teddy bears are named Oliver and Jaques. Ros is a rock star who co-owns the town spa, and her husband cheated on her and was kicked out of the house. 😎
The Arkangel audio production was fantastic, particularly the music, and now I‘m going to celebrate Shakespeare‘s sort-of birthday by watching this awesome adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh and set in feudal Japan.
Fans of the play should check this out if they haven‘t.
Playing catch up today before beginning Othello. Act III was my favorite so far—the wordplay was phenomenal. Shakespeare was such a trippy dude, and I‘ll never understand his predilection for using cross-dressing to forward a plot 😂
Also: “The oath of a lover is no stronger than the word of a tapster; they are both the confirmer of false reckonings.”
“And this our life exempt from public haunt
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones and good in every thing.
I would not change it.”
I wanted something light and Springy for my audio commute today so I went with one of Shakespeare‘s super lightweight plays, which @batsy perfectly described as “beach read Shakespeare”.
I enjoyed this little romp in the woods despite the problematic gender politics. You get the sense that all's well that ends well = order restored, i.e. women back in their appointed place. But there was that silly, satirical tone throughout that I relished. It's like a "beach read" Shakespeare; the pages just flew by. The dynamic between Rosalind & Celia was fab. I love me a moody, do-nothing philosopher, so I do have a soft spot for Jaques ?
#ShakespeareReadalong I'm behind a bit !! I must say Rosalind is intriguing to me. Reading 'Shakespeare The Invention of the Human' by Harold Bloom along with these reads is so much fun!!!! Okay off to catch up!
🎭Act 5 and the conclusion of As You Like It🎭
📜Act 4 had a snake and lion. Act 5 brings us Hymen, the god of marriage, to bless the union of the four couples who were brought together in a varied series of events that deviated from normal courtship. The Duke Senior is restored. And I have the song lyric “with a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonny-no” stuck in my head.
#ShakespeareReadAlong folks- your thoughts on Act 5 or the play in entirety?
I finished reading this yesterday on the Chunnel to Paris. I thought it was a clever ending though I had read it before a few times. I liked Touchstone better in this Act. It seemed he was back to being a little more witty than jerkish. #ShakespeareReadalong @readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This
“‘You shall never take her without her answer unless you take her without her tongue.‘”
Act 4: You all were right: Phebe thinks she‘s in love with Ganymede. I think Shakespeare narrowly avoids the generalization that all women would fall for a mean partner by how incredulous Rosalind is at this admiration, though. And why would she hide her true feelings from Silvius? Also, Orlando seems more dedicated to his ruse with R/G than I would be. 👇🏻
Act II! Some really impressive poetry in this play. I love this bit from Duke Senior:
“Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like the road, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head”
Other thoughts: Shakespeare sure had some lofty ideas about the loyalty of servants 🙄
🎭My humble contribution to the pronunciation of Jaques discussion. I thought this comic really lays out the ideas on it and was interesting 🎭 (hopefully I tagged everyone that was talking about the pronunciation)
🎨Created by: Mya Lixian Gosling
🎭Act 4 #ShakespeareReadAlong 🎭
A short, seemingly simple, act... with a snake and a lion thrown in for good measure. Because, why not have the brother that wants to kill you end up with a snake around his neck heading for his open mouth while a lioness is in wait. 😉🐍🦁
🎭What are your thoughts on Act 4?
P.S. My apologies for the delay on the post; the Litsy downtime set me back a bit.
Hi!! 🙋🏽♀️ So late to the #ShakespeareReadalong but I‘m here! This one is fun. Already loving the cousins Celia and Rosalind (Shakespeare‘s women are always the best characters). And the Bard sure did love cross dressing. But why are they bringing the clown? 🤨
Far happier this week! Act IV was short and sweet, and is it just me, but this play is all about the horns?! 🤟🏻 I‘m still not convinced by the dynamic between Silvius, Phebe/ Phoebe (my 2 editions can‘t agree which) & Ganymede, but Celia & Jacques were on good form & Orlando is redeeming himself somewhat in scene III. Seems everyone takes it for granted a woman will cuckold her man. Wish I‘d known! 😂