Rehearsing Shakespeare: Elizabethans

"we have to feel the rawness of life as Elizabethans did without the cotton wool of modern comfort"

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Understanding the Elizabethans, their fears and beliefs, is essential in the rehearsal room our Associate Director Bill Alexander argues here - the latest in his current series of blogs on Rehearsing Shakespeare. He writes that throughout Shakespeare's 20-year career the theatres were closed roughly every two years for some weeks or months because of the plague. Everyone in the audience was afraid of the plague, everyone knew the authorities closed theatres because the tightly packed gatherings there were known to be one of the principal ways in which it spread. The cold was colder, the dark darker, journeys that now take hours would take days or weeks. Medicine was random, unimaginably inadequate by our standards, death frequent and constantly anticipated at any age.They are on the front foot all the time the Elizabethans, and we should not dampen their passion with a wink. They were physical, they thought their feelings were in their blood not their brains.

Day Three Fringe Festival

"Some pigeons, Davy, a couple of short-legged hens, a joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws, tell William cook."

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We are sharing Elizabethan recipes this week as part of our digital fringe festival and the Shakespeare's Kitchen feature. There are more than 2000 references to food in the plays, (not to mention feasts!) The following is one of them.

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Rehearsing Shakespeare: Time

"In the Globe, dramatic Time expanded and created a form of drama that put the whole world on the stage as best it could."

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Continuing his brilliant series of blogs on Rehearsing Shakespeare, our Associate Director explores the question of Time in the plays. #actors #acting #actorslife #performingarts #theatre #rehearsalroom #ShareYourShakespeare @RSC

Day Two Fringe Festival Screening at 7

Today at 7pm on our facebook page we are delighted to feature “Caliban” a play written by Maggie Rose who lives in Milan.

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The excerpt featured is Scene 4, which sees Caliban struggling to connect with nature in Milan. Four hundred years have gone by, and Caliban has arrived with Prospero and Miranda in the middle of a contemporary Milan, full of cars, and pollution with people in their usual rush so they don't even notice them. It opens as he is on his knees working in the garden. Matteo Francesconi is Caliban.

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