Archive | March, 2012

Insult Shaker!

26 Mar

Wow, this is just… wow ;D  the Shakespearean Insulter throwing random insults at you… I just can’t stop laughing!

go to the Shakespearean Insulter

 

Some dreams do come true!

26 Mar

“That’s what I want to do when I grow up” – that’s what Gregory Doran, a new RSC Artistic Director, said after he saw RSC’s production of “As You Like It” when he was a schoolboy. So whatever our dreams are, they can all come true. Just never give up and you can be as successful as Gregory! 🙂

“If I’m anything, I’m a Shakespeare nut, I have been all my life” – the Shakespeare craze seems to inspire people in many different ways. So if you want to learn to love Shakespeare’s work, you should see it, read it, see it again and maybe read about it. At some point you’ll find Shakespeare amazing and fascinating and I’m sure that this fascination will help you make your dreams come true!

Honestly, try it! I know it works – I am a Shakespeare nut, too 😉

Kill Shakespeare

24 Mar

“Kill Shakespeare” is a comic book series where Shakespeare’s most famous heroes fight the villains. If you like comic books, it is definitely a must-read! I was never a fan of comic books but to my surprise once I started reading “Kill Shakespeare” I just couldn’t stop. If you think that there’s no way for Shakespeare’s world to become a part of a comic book, just check it yourself, here’s the preview of the 1st issue:
http://www.killshakespeare.com/pdf_files/Issue_1_Preview.pdf

Love it? Hate it? Either way, let me know!

Black Adder and “Hamlet”

23 Mar

Shakespeare’s English

23 Mar

 

People living in the English-speaking countries quote Shakespeare all the time. It might happen that we use some phrases being unaware of the fact that it was Shakespeare who created them. What a surprise: the worst enemy of many students (high school + Shakespeare = eternal love) came up with such brilliant phrases! The commonly used phrase “much ado about nothing” (Polish equivalent: ‘wiele hałasu o nic’; a well-known phrase) turns out to be the title of one of Shakespeare’s comedies.

Nobody knows the exact number of words created by Shakespeare. Some claim it was 600, the others say it might have been around 1700 (or even up to 2000!). Many of Shakespeare’s neologisms became widely popular straight away and are used even nowadays. I’m just wondering (since the plays were full of new, unknown words): how did the audience manage to understand what was happening on the stage? 😉  That we’ll never know but what we know is that our dear Will came up with phrases such as: high time, heart’s content, sorry sight, come what may, or the favourite of all the romantic souls: love is blind.

Here’s the list of words created by Shakespeare (though it’s still disputable whether it was Will who created them):

Nouns:

accused, addiction, alligator, amazement, anchovies, assassination, backing, bandit, bedroom, bump, buzzer, courtship, critic, dawn, design, dickens, discontent, embrace, employer, engagements, excitements, exposure, eyeball, fixture, futurity, glow, gust, hint, immediacy, investments, kickshaws, leapfrog, luggage, manager, mimic, misgiving, mountaineer, ode, outbreak, pageantry, pedant, perusal, questioning, reinforcement, retirement, roadway, rumination, savagery, scuffle, shudders, switch, tardiness, transcendence, urging, watchdog, wormhole, zany

Verbs:

besmirch, bet, blanket, cake, cater, champion, compromise, cow, denote, deracinate, dialogue, dislocate, divest, drug, dwindle, elbow, enmesh, film, forward, gossip, grovel, hobnob, humour, hurry, impede, jet, jig, label, lapse, lower, misquote, negotiate, numb, pander, partner,  petition, puke, rant, reword, secure, submerge, swagger, torture, unclog

Adjectives:

aerial, auspicious, baseless, beached, bloodstained, blushing, circumstantial, consanguineous, dauntless, deafening, disgraceful, domineering, enrapt,  epileptic, equivocal, eventful, fashionable, foregone, frugal, generous, gloomy, gnarled, hushed, inaudible, invulnerable, jaded, juiced, lackluster, laughable, lonely, lustrous, madcap, majestic, marketable, monumental, nervy, noiseless, obscene, olympian, premeditated, promethean, quarrelsome, radiant, rancorous, reclusive, remorseless, rival, sacrificial, sanctimonious, softhearted, splitting, stealthy, traditional, tranquil, unmitigated, unreal, varied, vaulting, viewless, widowed, worthless, yelping

Adverbs:

importantly, instinctively, obsequiously, threateningly, tightly, trippingly

Funny thing that Shakespeare came up with the verb ‘misquote’ and now he’s probably the most misquoted person in the world 😉

So you’re saying Shakespeare was a fraud…?

23 Mar

“Anonymous: the new movie about William Shakespeare

Did he or didn’t he? That is the question. The debate over whether William Shakespeare could have written the body of work considered the greatest in English literature, has consumed minds for more than 150 years. Now new film Anonymous, by Roland Emmerich, released October 28, is about to throw more fuel on the fire.” (from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/entertainment/anonymous-movie/)
watch the trailer:

What do you think? Was Shakespeare a fraud or perhaps people are just bored and make up crazy stories?
If you want to learn more, watch a film posted on telegraph.co.uk:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/entertainment/anonymous-movie/8778838/Was-William-Shakespeare-a-fraud.html

The Dark Side of Love

23 Mar

Seems like something amazing is happening in London! The World Shakespeare Festival is just bound to be a huge success!

Don’t believe it? Just read about ‘The Dark Side of Love’.

“Featuring scenes from Hamlet, Othello and Romeo and Juliet and performed in promenade by a cast of London teenagers, The Dark Side of Love is an intense and atmospheric experience. The audience are encouraged to lose themselves in the action, whilst the characters lose themselves in the most extreme of emotions as they search for the light of love glimmering through the darkness.”

go to the blog:

http://www.worldshakespearefestival.org.uk/london/roundhouse/the-dark-side-of-love.aspx