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Tag Archives: drama

Shakespeare and the modern novel

Shakespeare must have read anything and everything that came his way, not just the sources for his plays, which are well known, not just the classical authors who, if Ben … Continue reading

March 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Aimez-vous Tremblay?

Among the many things monolingual Britain is unable to appreciate is the work of one of Canada’s best playwrights. Unlike the Canadian writers whose work we do know, Michel Tremblay … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Crucible

The importance of rhythm in a play is sometimes overlooked. The passage of time is part of the experience of watching a play. Time on stage and real time pass … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hindle Wakes

Hindle Wakes is a play by Stanley Houghton, not about the awakening of someone called Hindle, but about a dirty weekend in Llandudno. Every northern town at the time when … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Hairy Ape

Of all the plays I have never seen, The Hairy Ape is the one I remember best. I doubt if I ever will see it now and anyway some plays … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Better sung

Oscar Wilde’s one act play, Salomé, is better known as an opera by Richard Strauss. The same is true of Pelléas et Mélisande, the play by Maurice Maeterlinck that became … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Honest Iago

In the very first scene of Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago tells us (he is speaking to Roderigo, but what he says is for our benefit) what kind of man he is. … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Reading Shakespeare

With limited opportunities to see Shakespeare outside London and Stratford, the only alternative is to read him. Mind you, it was worse for Anne and the kids. They hardly ever … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · Leave a comment