About me –
I’m nearing sixty (how did that happen?) and wearing well apart for a couple of dodgy knees. I’m retired, but used to be in computing – other jobs have included sales assistant, laundry worker and life model. Steve and I spend a lot of our time visiting theatres (no surprise there) and going to concerts (we’re heavily into folk rock – Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, etc). Lots of TV gets watched in our house, too, from documentaries on all subjects through sport to crime drama and sci-fi, with some comedy thrown into the mix as well. When I get the time I enjoy reading crime fiction, especially the historical variety. Rumour has it that there’s such a thing as housework..???
About these notes –
I started writing these notes for the RSC Complete Works Festival, as I knew from past history that I’d forget far too much of the experience if I didn’t. I’ve found it a great help; even though I can read some of my early notes and not have a clue what I’m talking about, on the whole the memories are much stronger and fresher because they’ve been written down.
I take the ‘cultivated ignorance’ approach to Shakespeare, and a lot of other theatre too – I really don’t know what the plays are about, which version is ‘correct’, etc., and this leaves me open to enjoy a wide range of interpretations. What I’m interested in is the new things I can learn about the plays through the diverse productions, and although I find some directorial ideas or performance styles don’t work so well for me, I can usually glean some nugget of insight from each version.
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