Being Cultured: A Journey into Shakespeare 

Macbeth at York's Shakespeare theatre

My trip to the pop-up Shakespearean theatre in York arrived. What an experience. Even if you are a Shakespeare novice like me if you get the chance,  go – it’s worth it. The venue is inspired by the London Rose Playhouse and though the structure is made of scaffolding instead of wood, this is soon forgotten when the show starts. The atmosphere is thrilling and intimate with the superb cast only metres away and they mingle with the public in the stalls as they tell the story. You feel inclusive to the show rather than just a spectator. I could imagine the original theatre full of people in medieval dress in awe with the performance, captivated by Macbeth’s speeches, and become thrilled at the violence and gore which ensued following the witches prophecies. As I confessed here, I am a stranger to Shakespeare and never understood his appeal. I may not have fully understood who was who and what was going on but now I get it. By the second part, I had that tingle of a light bulb moment when something clicks. His words are poetry and alive with passion and feeling. I longed to have the script to follow and then watch it all again with a deeper understanding. It made me want more and learn. I never thought I would say it but if given the opportunity I would like to study Shakespeare.

 

York's Shakespearean Pop-up Theatre
York’s Shakespearean Pop-up Theatre
Macbeth at York's Shakespeare Theatre
Beautiful ceiling

The costumes are amazing – my daughter is now planning her next cosplay outfit on them.

Macbeth at York's Shakespearean theatre

The shows are running until September. If my money box and the diary allows, ticketsto see Midsummer Night’s Dream are being booked.

Happy writing!

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Shakespeare, Macbeth and the uneducated mind. 

 

I have a confession. I have never read Shakespeare- not properly. I don’t think a quick flick of a couple of chapters of A Midsummer’s Night Dream and a handful of notes from teacher count. Luckily, he didn’t come up in my English exam so I passed but I have always felt ashamed of my lack of knowledge in his work. How can an avid reader, an aspiring writer not be educated in one of the most famous playwrights ever? I consoled myself that many say he is boring and difficult to understand; maybe I had a lucky escape but maybe I am missing out.

This summer in York they are constructing The Globe theatre for a pop-up event. I have booked tickets for my daughter and I to see Macbeth. All I know is it has witches in it which is a handy as I love witch-related stories. I am nervous, worried I will sit there completely bamboozled by the whole experience, unable to grasp what is going on.  Therefore,  I am jumping in and reading it first – gulp. Wish me luck!

Poster for hamlet

Are you a fan of Shakespeare? If so, which one and any tips on reading his work would be gratefully received.

Happy writing!

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