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Rediscovering Shakespeare

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

During high school, I loathed reading Shakespeare. I didn’t understand it, there were long dramatic monologues that just annoyed me, and I was then forced to write essays that I generally failed. So as a result, my thoughts towards Will have never been particularly positive and I have avoided interacting with his work as much as possible. So imagine my current state of surprise that I have spent the last few days walking around talking to myself in ye-olde-Shakespearean. Yes, perhaps I am slowly going mad, or maybe I have experienced the momentous occasion in one’s life when suddenly Shakespeare makes sense.

While in Paris, I received an email from a Manchester-events-website, GoSeeThis, offering me discounted tickets to see an all-male production by the theatre group, Propeller, of Taming of the Shrew and/or The Twelfth Night at the Lowry Theatre. As a lover of bargains and discounts, I couldn’t look past it so bought tickets for myself and my cousin, Lesley, to see Taming of the Shrew.

It was wonderful – a contemporary version with music, singing, comedy, great costumes and very clever stage production. It was fast paced but moving – the main conflict of male/female roles was quite confronting for the audience and we were all made to feel quite uncomfortable about the concepts being portrayed. The actors were brilliant as they changed between roles and portrayed female characters with amazing skill.

Lesley and I enjoyed it so much that we decided to try and get tickets for the Twelfth Night the following evening. So Saturday we headed back to the Lowry to watch yet another wonderful production, again with a clever inclusion of song and music but a completely different feel to the piece we had seen the night before.

I came away from both of these shows with a sudden desire to read Shakespeare – that’s how good the productions were! I have become aware of the great stories in his works and that maybe I am missing out on some wonderful literature.