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The real sound of Shakespeare? (Globe theatre performs Shakespeare's plays in Shakespeare's dialect)
BBC News ^ | Joe Boyle

Posted on 07/19/2005 10:36:29 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Ever been baffled by the bard? Vexed by his verse? Or perplexed by his puns? London's Globe theatre thinks it has the answer: perform Shakespeare's plays in Shakespeare's dialect.

In August the theatre will stage an "original production" of Troilus and Cressida - with the actors performing the lines as close to the 16th century pronunciations as possible.

By opening night, they will have rehearsed using phonetic scripts for two months and, hopefully, will render the play just as its author intended. They say their accents are somewhere between Australian, Cornish, Irish and Scottish, with a dash of Yorkshire - yet bizarrely, completely intelligible if you happen to come from North Carolina.

For example, the word "voice" is pronounced the same as "vice", "reason" as "raisin", "room" as "Rome", "one" as "own" - breathing new life into Shakespeare's rhyming and punning.

'Visceral' text

Giles Block, the play's director, believes the idea could catch on. He first tried the technique for three performances of Romeo and Juliet last year.

"I think it helps the audiences enter more into the visceral nature of the text. It brings out the qualities of the text, the richness of sound which is closer to our emotions than the way we speak today," he says.

"Apart from the delight of feeling 'I'm getting closer to how this play was done 400 years ago', some of the jokes, some of the rhymes and some of the puns also work again."

The actors have been coached by David Crystal, one of the world's most prominent language experts. He prepared the phonetic script by meticulously researching the rhymes, meter and spellings within Shakespeare's plays - as well as contemporary accounts of how the language was pronounced.

"We can deduce the value of a vowel from the way words rhyme. We can deduce whether a consonant was sounded from the way puns work," he said in an earlier interview.

For example, in Romeo and Juliet the word "mine" is used to rhyme with "Rosaline" - showing clearly that "Rosaline" rhymed with "fine" rather than "fin", he said.

Toilet humour

Philip Bird, who plays the Trojan king Hector (pronounced 'Ecter), admits the he felt "apprehensive" at first, but he says within a matter of minutes the material becomes "totally understandable". He says the "earthy, gutsy, grounded" accent forces the actors to find different ways of portraying power and seniority.

"When you're asked to play someone who is powerful or of high status, you act class, you act posh - but with this production it is not available because everyone spoke the same way 400 years ago." But the accent also resurrects some classic Shakespearean puns. Ajax, who is the butt of many jokes in the play, is pronounced "a-jakes" - which, conveniently, is an Elizabethan word meaning toilet.


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If one understands the King James Version of the Bible translation, that one would not have a problem with Shakespeare.


2 posted on 07/19/2005 10:44:20 AM PDT by rdb3 (What you want? Morning sickness or sickness from mourning? --Nick Cannon)
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thanks Nick (I won't actually reply to you, because I don't want the huge message to disrupt your "my comments" page).
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On News/Activism 11/04/2003 1:53:25 PM PST · 8 replies · 57+ views


Henry V | 17th Century | William Shakespeare
SCENE III. The same. Before the gates. † The Governor and some Citizens on the walls; the English forces below. Enter KING HENRY and his trainKING HENRY VHow yet resolves the governor of the town?This is the latest parle we will admit;Therefore to our best mercy give yourselves;Or like to men proud of destructionDefy us to our worst: for, as I am a soldier,A name that in my thoughts becomes me best,If I begin the battery once again,I will not leave the half-achieved HarfleurTill in her ashes she lie buried.The gates of mercy shall be all shut up,And the flesh'd...
 

A little Shakespeare to go with the war.
  Posted by BioForce1
On News/Activism 11/03/2003 12:26:11 PM PST · 1 reply · 32+ views


Henry V by William Shakespeare | 17th century | William Shakespeare
George W. Bush advising troops in IraqOnce more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our American dead. In peace there's nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility: But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger; Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage; Then lend the eye a terrible aspect; Let pry through the portage of the head Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it As fearfully as doth a galled rock O'erhang and...
 

Mrs. Bush Attends Polish Fund-Raiser
  Posted by knighthawk
On News/Activism 10/27/2003 10:49:31 AM PST · 6 replies · 27+ views


Yahoo News | October 27 2003 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - First lady Laura Bush joined with Poland's first lady to help rebuild a historic Shakespearean theater in the Baltic port city of Gdansk. Bush and Polish first lady Jolanta Kwasniewska attended as guests of honor at a fund-raising dinner Sunday night to celebrate the launch of the American Friends of the Gdansk Theatre Foundation. The two first ladies gave a toast to mark the planned revival of the theater. Mrs. Kwasniewska asked her American counterpart to help with the $6 million project when Bush accompanied President Bush to Krakow in May, according to Charles Krause, head of the...
 

Shakespeare Isn't P.C. (Thought Police Rewrite Textbooks)
  Posted by yankeedame
On News/Activism 08/19/2003 9:20:49 AM PDT · 28 replies · 69+ views


NewMax.Com | Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 | staff writer
How the Thought Police Rewrite Textbooks and America's History NewsMax.com Wires Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 MIAMI ñ Diane Ravitch hammers away and hammers away, and even a reader going into her book with a healthy dose of skepticism comes away with the conviction that the "language police" must be fired. It's hard to believe when she says guidelines by the Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley textbook publishers demand that people "over the age of 65 must be fully represented in text and illustrations; there must be a larger number of older women than older men, because 55 percent of older persons are...
 

Yellow books should be for phone numbers (Shakespeare Needs No Dumbing Down)
  Posted by presidio9
On News/Activism 06/10/2003 7:52:12 AM PDT · 6 replies · 38+ views


The Sydney Morning Herald | June 11 2003 | Matthew Gibbs
There's something rotten in the state of publishing. I've been a long-time admirer of the cheeky yellow self-help books for Dummies. From investing to home brewing, they offer the challenged reader guidance on mastering life's complexities. But now they've gone too far - Shakespeare for Dummies. This way madness lies. What's dumb is thinking that Shakespeare needs to be dumbed down, as if the unadulterated Bard is too hard . advertisement advertisement If Shakespeare's words and expressions need simplifying, why is our own everyday language crammed with them? For evidence, look no further than the pages of newspapers - and...
 

Anthropologist says Shakespeare might have smoked marijuana
  Posted by MikalM
On News/Activism 05/13/2003 9:06:56 PM PDT · 26 replies · 73+ views


Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune | 5/4/03 | Peg Meier
<p>To toke or not to toke? That is one question.</p> <p>Several 17th-century clay pipes found at the site of William Shakespeare's home were used to smoke marijuana, a South African anthropologist says. Although he has no proof that the Bard was the guy who smoked the pipes, he surmises that some of Shakespeare's sonnets and plays also lend credence to the possibility that the writer smoked marijuana for inspiration.</p>
 

Aziz exposed as Nixon and Woody Allen buff
  Posted by MadIvan
On News/Activism 04/11/2003 4:23:05 PM PDT · 6 replies · 55+ views


The Times | April 12, 2003 | Stephen Farrell
FOR SALE: riverside residence, slightly looted. One careful Christian Baathist owner, whereabouts unknown. Likely to be finding alternative accommodation shortly. Times reader. Seeking long lease. You do not have to look far inside the shattered doors of the house of Tariq Aziz, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, to work out who it belonged to. Behind the high walls of the palatial villa in Baghdad's affluent al-Jadariyah district, the white window latticework combining the eight-pointed Baath party star with the Christian cross immediately points to Mr Aziz, one of the most durable survivors of Saddam Hussein's regime. In a charred heap...
 

Spoiled Milk
  Posted by risk
On General/Chat 03/31/2003 2:14:34 AM PST · 92+ views


Poets Against the War | 2/10/2003 | "Hank Lodge"
It reaches up from within, you, them, us. Cold, black, like a blood stain in the pasture. Adventure for some, gain for others, oil of angels. Silent in the night, an aching. What distant urge brings up short, and blossoms, Into raw coils of pneumatic flame? Where did this demon spawn, surely not from better intentions? Out into the night of pain, it comes. It doesn't ask. It doesn't shrink. It comes for them, and then you. You're so sure. You're positive, you're safe in knowing, Who's responsible for this malady of human exaspiration. If only we had done...
 

"We Few, We Happy Few, We Band Of Brothers": In Honor Of Messrs. John Howard And Tony Blair
  Posted by mrustow
On News/Activism 03/24/2003 11:15:15 AM PST · 32 replies · 263+ views


Toogood Reports | 24 March 2003 | Nicholas Stix
Toogood Reports [Monday, March 24, 2003; 12:01 a.m. EST]URL: http://ToogoodReports.com We do not stand alone. Contrary to the story suggested by much of the world's elite media, our boys do not fight alone. It is true, however, that our military allies are few. And thank G-d for that! On the eve of battle, Lt. Colonel Tim Collins, commander of the 1st Battalion of The Royal Irish, addressed his men on the Kuwait-Iraqi border. The London Times' Sarah Oliver reported,"Wearing his kukri, the Gurkha blade that he is entitled to carry as a Gurkha commander, Colonel Collins spoke to his 800...
 

Band of Brothers
  Posted by mrustow
On News/Activism 03/23/2003 5:19:43 PM PST · 10 replies · 56+ views


A Different Drummer | 24 March 2003 | Nicholas Stix
We do not stand alone. Contrary to the story suggested by much of the world's elite media, our boys do not fight alone. It is true, however, that our military allies are few. And thank G-d for that! On the eve of battle, Lt. Colonel Tim Collins, commander of the 1st Battalion of The Royal Irish, addressed his men on the Kuwait-Iraqi border. The London Times' Sarah Oliver reported, "Wearing his kukri, the Gurkha blade that he is entitled to carry as a Gurkha commander, Colonel Collins spoke to his 800 men, an arm of Britain's 16 Air Assault Brigade,...
 

The Feast of St. Crispian (Vanity)
  Posted by section9
On News/Activism 03/19/2003 3:59:15 PM PST · 33 replies · 235+ views


The Life of Henry V, Act Four, Scene III | March 19, 2003 | William Shakespeare
WESTMORELAND O that we now had here But one ten thousand of those men in England That do no work to-day! KING HENRY V What's he that wishes so? My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin: If we are mark'd to die, we are enow To do our country loss; and if to live, The fewer men, the greater share of honour. God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more. By Jove, I am not covetous for gold, Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost; It yearns me not if men my garments wear; Such...
 

Shakespeare on War
  Posted by ohioWfan
On News/Activism 03/06/2003 6:54:45 AM PST · 37 replies · 92+ views


Wall Street Journal | 3/6/03 | ohioWfan
The Iraqi Theater What would the Bard think about the war? BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Wednesday, March 5, 2003 12:01 a.m. ESTGeorge W. Bush to Saddam Hussein: Check thy contempt; obey our will, which Travails in thy good; believe not thy disdain, But presently do thine own fortunes that Obedient right which both thy duty owes And our power claims, or I will throw thee From my care forever into the staggers and The careless lapse of youth and ignorance, Both my revenge and hate loosing upon thee In the name of justice without all terms of Pity.Dick Cheney: We have...
 

Westcott and Hort part 1
  Posted by Commander8
On Religion 02/28/2003 3:22:05 PM PST · 4 replies · 59+ views


An Understanbable History of The Bible | 1987 | Dr. Samuel C Gipp Th.D
Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1903) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892) have been highly controversial figures in biblical history.
 

Why Shakespeare Is For All Time
  Posted by Hobsonphile
On News/Activism 01/14/2003 8:28:22 PM PST · 4 replies · 64+ views


City Journal | Winter, 2003 | Theodore Dalrymple
A decade ago, the psychiatrist Peter Kramer published a book called Listening to Prozac, which claimed that our understanding of neurochemistry was so advanced that we would soon be able to design- and no doubt to vary- our personalities according to our tastes. Henceforth there would be no more angst. He based his prediction upon the case histories of people given the supposed wonder drug who not merely recovered from depression but emerged with new, improved personalities. Yet the prescription of the drug (and others like it) to millions of people has not noticeably reduced the sum total of human...
 

Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  Posted by dighton
On News/Activism 10/19/2002 8:19:30 AM PDT · 21 replies · 307+ views


Shooting an Elephant, and Other Essays | 1947 | George Orwell
Tolstoy's pamphlets are the least-known part of his work, and his attack on Shakespeare 1 is not even an easy document to get hold of, at any rate in an English translation. Perhaps, therefore, it will be useful if I give a summary of the pamphlet before trying to discuss it. Tolstoy begins by saying that throughout life Shakespeare has aroused in him 'an irresistible repulsion and tedium.' Conscious that the opinion of the civilized world is against him, he has made one attempt after another on Shakespeare's works, reading and re-reading them in Russian, English and German; but 'I invariably...
 

Dessert First
  Posted by traditio
On News/Activism 10/18/2002 1:49:05 PM PDT · 1 reply · 57+ views


Festina Lente | Jonathan David Carson, Ph.D.
Now if it were true that Horace and the great poets of the English Renaissance advocated the pursuit of pleasure in response to aging and death, textbook publishers could be reproached with at most a failure to warn students that pleasure is not the same thing as happiness, which is the result of virtue. But it is not true. And finding out why it is not true means unlearning most of what we have been taught about English literature and learning how to fill the rest of our lives with glimpses of heaven.
 

A Scholar Recants on His 'Shakespeare' Discovery
  Posted by a-whole-nother-box-of-pandoras
On News/Activism 06/25/2002 11:53:32 AM PDT · 15 replies · 72+ views


NY Times | June 20, 2002 | William S. Niederkorn
June 20, 2002 A Scholar Recants on His 'Shakespeare' Discovery By WILLIAM S. NIEDERKORN n 1995 Donald Foster, a professor of English at Vassar College, made a startling case for Shakespeare's being the author of an obscure 578-line poem called "A Funeral Elegy." After a front-page article about his methods of computer analysis in The New York Times -- and after his reputation was further burnished by unmasking Joe Klein as the author of "Primary Colors" -- the poem was added to three major editions of Shakespeare's works. Now, in a stunning development that has set the world of Shakespeare...
 

Odd Portrait Has Many Guessing Shakespeare Was Gay
  Posted by socal_parrot
On General/Chat 04/23/2002 10:14:28 AM PDT · 16 replies · 832+ views


Yahoo! News | 4/23/02 | Mike Collett-White
By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - A 400-year-old painting previously believed to be that of a woman has been found to portray the male patron and friend of William Shakespeare, its owner said on Tuesday. The picture of the Earl of Southampton, featuring a figure with long, black curly hair, pursed red lips, an earring and a slender right hand, has prompted speculation in British media that Shakespeare was gay. "He is wearing perfectly fashionable male attire of the day, but the earring and the hair are effeminate and unusual for the 1590s," the painting's owner Alec Cobbe told Reuters....
 

SHAKES-QUEER? New Evidence Emerges to Prove William Shakespeare may be Gay
  Posted by codebreaker
On News/Activism 04/21/2002 4:57:32 PM PDT · 102 replies · 561+ views


Ananova Breaking News Wire and the London Daily Sun | Monday, April 22, 2002 00:14 GMT | What Tomorrow's Newspapers Say Staff
Ananova Breaking Wire-What the Papers Say-The London Daily SunSHAKESQUEERMe thinks new evidence has emerged that doth suggest William Shakespeare might have been gay.I RULETony Blair delivered an astonishing slapdown to Gordon Brown yesterday by stressing that Britain had elected him to run the country not the chancellorStory Filed: 00:14 Monday, April 22, 2002 Greenwich Mean Time
 

"Twelfth Night", or What You Will
  Posted by onedoug
On News/Activism 03/22/2002 11:22:38 PM PST · 3 replies · 52+ views


onedoug | 23 MAR 2002 | onedoug
(D)Trevor Nunn. 1996.Okay. One might likely know Shakespeare better, if liked this film. As I'll admit:I LOVE IT!Can't get enough of it. Action. Setting. Music...both tonal, and in language!"What should I do in Illyria?" Olivia asks.How about, Live? I would thou coulds't.From Rendazzo to Mistrea.Or is't rather like Orsino's, "And what's her history?" To Viola's..."A blank, my lord...."?
 

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