Relationships. Like it or not, we are born into a relationship with Shakespeare.
Some are in more deeply than others.
He exists as a brand for Stratford upon Avon, his birthplace.
He decorated a credit card and that guy/meme is on twitter and fb.
He adorns trinkets and mugs and cushions and rubber ducks to open your purse strings.
Many are his, by imbuing his plays and poems with life and embodying his characters.
Some of his characters are almost persons in their own right:
Falstaff, Hamlet, Malvolio, Shylock to name a few.
His historical characters that lived and breathed, he gave a new life:
Richard 3rd, Richard 2nd, Prince Hal, who became Henry 5th par exemple.
Their stories that he wrote are not their histories.
Writing doesn’t work like that.
A one-on-one correlation i quote:
never, never, never, never, never.
The genres he used, Comedies, Histories, Tragedies, and Romances
spawned the City comedies and revenge tragedies of his contemporaries.
His play ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ an early Farce.
Another play ‘As You Like It’ became the blueprint for Rom-Coms to this day.
But the central piece of the puzzle in our relationship remains his characters.
Our New direction with SHAOKE focuses on the characters.
Strengthening your relationship with Shakespeare.
The basis of a great relationship is showing up and putting up.