Friday, November 18, 2011

The Bard Never Sleeps

There is always something Shakespearean going on somewhere in the world. At any hour of the day you may be sure that somewhere, people are reading, studying, watching, rehearsing or acting in some work of the Bard's.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has come up with a way for interested folk to get involved in this worldwide activity by instituting a free on-line Shakespeare course - Getting to Know Shakespeare. Lessons arrive via email and there are facinating online videos to watch, too.

Closer to home for those of us who live in Perth, Western Australia are two projected seasons of Shakespeare's plays. In January Shakespeare WA will present its annual Shakespeare in the Park season, with performances of The Tempest and A Comedy of Errors - with a bonus: that screamingly funny homage The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

Barely will that season end before the start of the Perth Festival, bringing performances of Henry V and A Winter's Tale by the all-male British company, Propeller.

Truly, we are much blessed! So much Bardic activity in an isolated city of only a million people demonstrates the amount of interest there is Shakespeare's work worldwide!

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