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Shakey and YOU! 9 years 5 months ago #1252

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Just to let you know some of us wander into performances at times - I am doing a 'one man' show (Shakey and You) on Thursday - in the Garage and Courtyard Theatre here in Timisoara - his best known bits done with a difference (an attempted antidote to too much scholastic study).

My very first "To Be' on stage!

Excited or what?

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Shakey and YOU! 9 years 5 months ago #1253

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That's great! I just performed a solo show back in December (a one-man version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol) and I know how much hard work it is. It was a two-hour show and was nearly 60 pages of text to memorize!

It looks like I'll be taking it to Vienna, Bratislava & Prague this winter.
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Shakey and YOU! 9 years 5 months ago #1255

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Just have to say how good the online texts are - the Hamlet 'to be' is as clear as a bell and makes the supposed difficulties of meaning disappear!
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Shakey and YOU! 9 years 5 months ago #1285

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Went well - apart from a flat landing on my head before we started - and a raging headache all the way through.

Strange perfoming in a courtyard, in daylight!

Great feel to some of the speeches though - some insights into 'To be' and other speeches through the performing of them this way (to be revealed, slowly).

Also got a job reading the new Harry Potter at midnight the day of its publication!
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Shakey and YOU! 9 years 3 months ago #1379

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A snippet or three from me in action:

http://www.babelcenter.ro/shakey.html
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Shakey and YOU! 9 years 3 months ago #1380

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That's great!

I wanted to see you in some kind of Elizabethan garb or possibly something you could play with as you shift from one character or point to another.
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Shakey and YOU! 9 years 3 months ago #1381

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Yeah, that's great stuff! Extremely funny - is there gonna be, like, a DVD of this stuff?

I think some of your glossings are just one interpretation among many, but the comic relief factor is through the roof! :-)
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Shakey and YOU! 9 years 3 months ago #1384

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A couple of points - thank you for the kind comments.

What is on line misses the pieces I just performed and didn't go through (several, excepts from 'The Dream' for example, were just for "entertainment").

Chose 'Modern' on purpose. I thought there was enough playing with myself - ah, maybe that's the problem!

My glosses are perfect! Especially as, like all theatre, they exist only on the night and are gone.
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Shakey and YOU! 9 years 3 months ago #1385

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akfarrar wrote:
My glosses are perfect! Especially as, like all theatre, they exist only on the night and are gone.
Perhaps not "perfect" - that's a difficult level to achieve with the Bard ;o) - nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed your theater and give you vast points for your panache and hope next time you have a larger and more responsive audience - were they all English speakers?

Btw, is there really a problem with "contumely"?

Regards, Charles
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Shakey and YOU! 9 years 3 months ago #1386

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I'm the only Native speaker in the House! The theatre was actually packed - over 50 people in there (it is called, The Courtyard Theatre - for a good reason).

The "perfect" thing is really about the event being 'one-off' and it meant what it meant - the explanations were part of the performance and the meanings I gave were my meanings. The meanings given to the texts "as spoken" by the audience would, of course, be different. There is no 'correctness' intended in the explanations - more 'tonight' I want it to mean this.

Arrogant I may be (well, am) but much of what I was up to that night was to bring 'performance' back into the texts, and enjoyment too.

(I'm not taking the hough by the way - just re-reading what I wrote and realising I haven't explained myself very well.)
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