The first story of the week reappeared on Buzzfeed and concerns the timetravelling antics of a certain Mr Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway. The article suggests that the uncanny similarities between Adam Shulman and Shakespeare are not just similarities but rather they’re the same person and Shakespeare is actually still alive – under the pseudonym Adam while his wife, Anne Hathaway, elected to keep her name.
Because it wouldn’t be a foolery column without a Shakespeare related quiz, here’s a 5 question quickie, and Shakespeare only features on one of the questions the others test your knowledge of RomComs, kicking off with 10 Things I Hate About You.
Curious to know where your lottery money goes? This week the BBC reported that a nature reserve which apparently inspired Shakespeare is the lucky receipt of a large sum of money from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Better still this money is going to be spent on multimedia resources to emphasise the reserve’s connections with Shakespeare and his plays, as the article notes:
“The money will be spent on a series of audio trails to help visitors understand the reserve’s connections with the Bard. The project will involve volunteers creating boards and audio, which can be downloaded via an app.”
But that’s not all, there’s theatre news too – using this funding and some from Stratford District Council they’re going to create a project with a theatre company in another effort to reveal and explore Shakespeare connections and local tales of Shakespeare – 3 audio trails from the new project will be devoted to Shakespeare. It certainly sounds like an interesting project to follow the progress of.
If you’re into bingo or teach Shakespeare regularly to those who are, or just want a fun night in, over at Good Tickle Brain there’s a repertoire of Shakespearean Bingo slowly building and this week the History plays were released. It’s simple really, Can you name the play in which the French lose a battle, a prophecy comes true or there is a big battle. (Hint: several plays may hit the bill for each square).
Are you desparate to hear from those characters that only get a scene or two in Shakespeare’s plays, or those who don’t even get a mention? The look no further, The Globe has a series entitled ‘Shakespeare Untold’ with performances led by lesser known characters, or even characters that don’t actually feature in the original plays, telling the stories of the plays that you’ve probably heard before. Geared for kids 6+ it’s a different way to experience the plays, tickets are for one adult and one child. To find out more click here.
Brainy Shakespeare: This post is all about the effect Shakespeare has on the brain and why he continues to excite us today, and it’s all about his neologisms and how he says the words. Davis suggests that:
“It is Shakespeare’s inventions–particularly his deliberate syntactic errors like changing the part of speech of a word–that excite us, rather than confuse us.”
This causes psychological excitement and Shakespeare has the biggest effect (when placed alongside the other Elizabethan writers included in this study). The article is intricate and gives a great deal of detail but I’ll leave you to explore further the side-effects of Shakespeare on the brain.
And finally, an angry defence of Shakespeare and his presentation of women. This post considers the un-Politically Correct aspects of Shakespeare in a down to earth manner and considers 5 lessons we might be able to learn from him, his approach, and his plays.
“YES, Shakespeare is well old and NO, he’s not PC because he was writing a trillion years ago, but he STILL managed to pull of complex female characters who were a helluva lot more than wimpy damsels, hanging about in lovely white nighties crying, waiting to be rescued.”
First up, The Taming of the Shrew which although she thinks to be a misogynistic, she thinks he writes Kat well, she then moves onto the good goody Cordelia, but I won’t spoil the whole piece for you. Why not check it out yourself?
Have a lovely week, and until next time keep foolin’ around foolery lovers, Shakespeare style!