Ever feel lost for words?
The name “Shakespeare” is known by all Westerners. He is not only one of the most outstanding dramatists in the history of British literature, but also one of the most outstanding writers in the world.
But in this age where generations of writers are being forgotten, what is it that makes Shakespeare from 400 years ago classic and famous? And why do people around the world still love him?
Although in iApartment (the Chinese show), one character once mocked Shakespearean language as completely chaotic. “What’s Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,. Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part.” But Shakespeare literature in its original form is filled with detailed imageries and diction.
Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
What is it else? A madness most discreet,
A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.
—Romeo and Juliet
Not only is Shakespeare’s language helping actors and directors to express emotions on stage, his pieces also cover a wide range of themes and reflect deep meanings that still resonate with its readers in the 21st century. The sweetest whispers presented in in Romeo and Juliet, the thrilling revenge presented in Hamlet, and the surprising malevolence presented in Macbeth…these different aspects of life and humanity are accurately expressed by Shakespeare’s powerful language.
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.
—As You Like It
So, instead of saying that we are trying to understand Shakespeare’s work, it is probably more appropriate to say that we appreciate his unique/impeccable language skills and his grandiose understanding of life.
This is what our 7-days Shakespeare and performance programme wants to convey to the adults and the children.
Learning performance art with the Royal Shakespeare Company is fun and interesting, but we believe this programme can bring much more: practicing traditional English, learning to confidently express oneself from professional actors, appreciate the different experiences that those Shakespearean characters have in their various contexts…This will be an unique opportunity for adults and children to dramatically enhance their language skills and their ability to express themselves in public.
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