This week in foolery there are tales of Hallowe’en, Star Wars, insults galore, a sing-song and Shakespearean motivation. Yes, you heard that right! Read on to find out more!
Which witch is which?
With Hallowe’en just around the corner, Mental Floss published this article about those witches who don’t quite fit the stereotype–and (yes, you’ve guessed it!) some of Shakespeare’s hags got a mention. In fact, they’re top of the list. The weird sisters of Macbeth, that is. The article’s analysis of these Shakespearean witches is interesting:
With their dark, tattered clothing and bubbling cauldron, the Three Witches fit the nightmare image of Europe’s (and, not much later, America’s) witch hysteria of the era.
But it’s their failure to conform to gender norms that justifies their place in the article:
Their gender-defying beards seemed to imbue them with an “otherness”—and possibly a power—that went beyond the popular understanding of a witch.
So, hands up: who’s planning a major wardrobe change and going to dress as a witch from Macbeth next Friday? Don’t all shout at once!
The Shakespeare-themed quiz is becoming a kind of a media staple of late, or so the last few foolery columns would suggest. This week, it’s Shakespearean insults. The name of the game? Can you match the insult to the play?
Here’s a sample question:
“You, minion, are too saucy”
Is an insult from which play?
a) The Two Gentlemen of Verona
b) The Taming of the Shrew
c) Much Ado About Nothing[Sadly, Despicable Me is not an option…]
Well..,you get the picture. Encouragingly, the average score on this quiz is 3/10. Why not buck the trend? I bet you can do better than that! And if you don’t, be assured the quizmaster will tell you to ‘Go rot!’. Go on, try your hand at it–if not, I’ll be deeply insulted!
Shakespeare, Star Wars and Stratford
For lovers of Shakespeare appropriation, listen up because this story is for you. This Saturday at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Bookshop over in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, you can meet the man behind Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Ian Doescher. He’s there for a book signing on October 25th, and it’s a bookshop well worth the visit (star writer or not) if you’re in the area. He’ll be at the bookstore from 11am-1pm for a Q&A time. There will also be performed readings of excerpts from his books, as well as the all important book signing. So you’ll even get chance to quiz the author! There’s a special bargain price for the trilogy this weekend too: all three volumes for £30. Whether you’re into the newly formed Shakespeare-Star Wars franchise or not, this is a great opportunity to hear more on iambic pentameter styled sci-fi.
Popping another Sonnet
Each Thursday at 5pm EST, Pop Sonnet post a new sonnet on their Tumblr feed. But not just any sonnets. For those who haven’t heard of the pop-sonnet phenomena, check out this post for a quick précis. Basically, they take the Shakespeare sonnet form and fit the words of a modern day pop song to it, with some alterations. Last week’s sonnet was inspired by Britney Spears’ “Oops! I did it again.” It is well worth checking out every Thursday for a weekly fix of Shakespeare appropriation, adaptation and general all round Shakespeare-inspired foolery! What more could you want?
And for those moments when you’re flagging, fear not! Just reach out for Shakespeare! Until next week, foolery lovers, better a witty fool…