#Workshop with #DameJanetSuzman Feb 8th - Shakespeare and Manias
This will explore #melancholy and #mania focusing on the perennially Eeyorish Jaques in As You Like It & the unrepentent psychopath Iago in Othello.
Suzman says Shakespeare is so effective when taught in prisons. "Everyone in prison is in some sort of crisis. Many prisoners who study Shakespeare are not recidivists, because through reading and performing him they are able to find some sort of self expression. Speaking your feelings and thoughts gives you agency. Whereas if you are unable to speak about your thoughts, then no one is able to help you.
There is nothing self pitying about Shakespeare. He doesn't set out to comfort you. Hamlet is a black diamond of a play - every facet of light bouncing off it is about death and murder, and the rest is silence. But it's not a depressing play. It's enlightening. Shakespeare doesn't do sentimentality. he does sentiment. And that's the difference."
Shakespeare is good for the blues not because he offers quick fixes but because no other writer captures so clearly the truth of life as a mysterious struggle in which we are all to varying degrees engaged.
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