Doing the Bard, innit.23/11/15
Mark Rylance has just given his esteemed opinion of Shakespeare: we agree with him. Someone asked recently, “what is the best Shakespeare play to read first”? The only reply is: “none”. Shakespeare wrote plays, they were meant to be performed, watched and enjoyed as entertainment, not revered as literary works and kept in stasis forever – that’s archaeology. Not to demean their literary value of course but they need to be played by actors, played with by good actors and seen by anyone who loves a great story. Because that is the root of good entertainment – a good story.
Shakespeares plays endure because they are great stories about people. The bard was a keen student of human nature, and the one thing that has never changed for centuries, is just that – human nature.
We have successfully brought our version of Shakespeare’s plays to different audiences in a dinner theatre and short format, for private parties, weddings and corporate functions alike. Taking excepts from some of the better known plays and performing them with an Jacobean Gentleman as host who contextualises each scene, to aid in understanding. It gives a taste of Shakespearean theatre done with a light touch that even the most sceptical anti-bardic frump will enjoy. We call it “The Shakespeare Selecton Box”. To all, adieu.