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Henry, Scotland & Shakespeare’s Voice | Fit for a Fool

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All those who love the history plays and think they’re underrated, say aye! All those whose favourite Shakespeare character comes from the second Henriad collection (that’s Richard II, Henry IV one and two and Henry V) you’re in for a treat this week! Always wondered how close you really were to Falstaff or fancy yourself more of a Hal? Look no further than this quiz which, after a few curious questions, will reveal which one in the Henriad you really are. Oh so encouraging to hear I’m Falstaff  “The King of Poor Life Choices” and the bloke who get’s written off before Hal’s debut as king.. Questions range from your favourite TV show to your worst habit. If you’re a real Henriad geek you’ll be able to figure out which response would correspond to which character. Clearly Falstaff’s reaction at the bar when someone is rude would be to “try valiantly not to cry”.. Well you get the idea. Which character are you?

It’s a bit of a week for Henry, the fifth one that is, as he celebrated his birthday on Tuesday. Isn’t he getting on a bit at 628 this year! And here’s possibly the strangest adaptation around of Shakespeare’s telling of his life. Featuring bears, one of whom even forgets his lines occasionally.

But history aside, also in the news this week over here in the UK is Thursday’s vote for Scotland on their independence, and lo and behold Shakespeare has a visible presence – he did write the Scottish play after all! Apparently Lady Macbeth is anti-independence..

And some even went as far as to claim that Shakespeare not only created Britain but has the power to save it! Whatever your view on the debate, its encouraging to see Shakespeare popping up in this popular political conundrum. Shakespeare foolery on a front page topic!

Without too much ado, comes possibly the best piece of foolery news this week. It’s all about talking statues. Not only could you be in with the chance of voicing the T-Rex who hangs out at the museum over in Manchester, but dino lovers aside Shakespeare is also on the scene. Yes, that’s right. You could write the voice of Shakespeare, or at least his statue which stands at the British Library. It’s part of a big Talking Statues project and the organisers want all entrants to write a 400 word monologue which will capture the ear of anyone passing Shakespeare. Not any “words, words, words” will do, but they’re looking for “words sweetly placed and modestly directed”, and who would miss a chance to write Shakespeare’s lines for once! Go on, get under Shakespeare’s skin.

In other news it seems Michelangelo lovers are feeling a bit miffed that Shakespeare also celebrates his 450th this year, to read more about it click here. It’s the battle of the egos, which artist will win?

And finally, in a spot of brilliance, this boy demonstrates how to hit stardom on the web, aided by Shakespeare and a spot of klutziness! Until next week, keep revelling in the foolery!

Author Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters is a PhD student at Oxford Brookes University, England where she is currently researching female melancholia in the early modern period (as presented in Shakespearean and early modern drama and proto-medical treatises) and contemporary female depression. She is interested in all things Shakespeare related, particularly contemporary Shakespeare adaptation and appropriation.

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