I'm so sorry there's been no posts recently, especially with such a lot of Shakespeare activity going on...but therein lies the reason. What a fabulous couple of weeks it has been for the playwright from Stratford-upon-Avon! Almost every time you put the radio or TV on there he was!
Needless to say it has therefore been pretty busy for GSC too. Our Will's Birthday Bash events all sold out which has been tremendous: from the talk on his will at Hatchlands in the presence of the Cobbe Portrait, to the Sonnet Walk Weekend and just last Saturday a wonderfully fresh and visceral staged reading of Cymbeline. In between all these we have also managed to squeeze in a special event for The County Club's St George's Day dinner and two award ceremonies! (and of course the day-to-day GSC business!)
The talk at Hatchlands, which was introduced by Alex Cobbe, was such a rare treat. To speak in the magnificent yet intimate Music Room at Hatchlands in the presence of the portrait and talk about Shakespeare's final years has been something I have long-hoped to achieve for GSC; so it was great to have been able to do this in this special year. Apologies though that I ran 20 mins over!!!
The Sonnet Walks once again sent people on a route that introduced them not only to new pieces from Shakespeare, but also new actors with GSC and new venues. The opportunity to perform in the otherwise private St Catherine's ruin was such a coup. Again it was fabulous to have such great support from local businesses, pubs and organisations, helping to make the two days possible.
There really has been so much talk of Shakespeare recently that I could pick up on so many different topics and discuss but, I suppose the one questions that was continually asked, was WHY? Why is this man and his works so popular still? Why is Shakespeare so important?
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,