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In defence of Shakespeare’s difficult bits Tom Sutcliffe

In defence of Shakespeares difficult bits Tom Sutcliffe

Reading this article by Tom Sutcliffe I agreed and then thought well, we actually adapt the plays to introduce them to children!? Our hope is, I suppose, that once they understand the fun of the plays as theatre shows they … Continue reading

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“Make trivial price of serious things we have”

Sometimes I like to allow myself to be distracted by things vaguely related to the work I am supposed to be doing. Often the distraction takes the form of interesting facts about Shakespeare. I find it very satisfying, for example, … Continue reading

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Knock Knock. Who’s There?

Everytime I work with the words of Shakespeare I am astounded about how often you find bits of Shakespeare in everyday life. Whether these idioms were coined by Shakespeare or simply written down by him, his influence is astounding. Ever … Continue reading

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This precious stone set in a silver sea, this sceptered isle, this…Ramsbottom.

Once again, the Splats travelling players will be dragging their suitcase of surprises to Ramsbottom, this time for the Ramsbottom Literature Festival. It will be a grand day of performing Midsummer nights dream in the morning and then creating a … Continue reading

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Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

“What else is new in the land of Splats? What else can we learn about Shakespeare? How can we contextualise our teaching of Shakespeare?” I hear you ask… It’s all go in Castle Splats and you can now book a … Continue reading

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A rose by any other name…

Ever wondered how Shakespeare’s words would have sounded in the accent of the time? I was once told that it would have sounded more like American english, so I was certainly curious when I saw this video. A clever professor … Continue reading

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But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?

It is the actual sun! springtime is here, the perfect time to book your Midsummer nights dream day. I am feeling full of the bard at the moment as I have been to see Henry IV part 1 at the … Continue reading

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Bottoms up!

All the world’s a stage… And now on some very small stages in schools all over the country there are some very small players getting their first taste of Shakespeare with our Midsummer Nights Dream day. The script was finished … Continue reading

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