Grace had previously worked with Soyuzmultfilm on an animated version of the Welsh folktale cycle, the Mabinogionand he turned to them again for the Shakespeare project, feeling "if we were going to animate Shakespeare in a thirty-minute format, then we had to go to a country that we knew creatively and artistically could actually deliver. And in my view, frankly, there was only one country that could do it in the style that we wanted, that came at it from a different angle, a country to whom Shakespeare is as important as it is to our own. This style went with enormous flair and verve and comic panache; but a lot of it was kitsch. Actors were hired to recite abbreviated versions of the plays written by Leon Garfieldwho had written a series of prose adaptations of Shakespeare's plays for children inShakespeare Stories.
He started with his daughter and then son. So writing a book about teaching Shakespeare to kids may have seemed natural: Your book reinvigorated Shakespeare for me, to see his work with fresh eyes.
My experience of Shakespeare was dry and hard work at school. How do you convince an adult that Shakespeare is relevant to his or her child if her experience has been similar to mine? Yours is not an untypical journey.
They get a little exposure to it, and when they do, it's confusing. It literally feels like a foreign language that they can't understand, especially when they try to read it. It's pretty intense reading for someone who doesn't know how to go about it.
This is especially true for kids at a very young age, like 6 to They're open to everything. So what my book tries to do is expose both kids and their parents to the beauties and intelligence — and just plain fun — of Shakespeare with no prior knowledge required.
I had a wonderful meeting recently with an Englishman who has become a very successful businessman in an area totally unrelated to literature. It was only later in life, in his late 30s, that he discovered and fell in love with Shakespeare for the first time.
How did he do it? He told me that he used to take a group of his employees to London once a year for a blow-out day of fun and food and entertainment, so they could spend some real quality time together. But about 20 years ago, they were on the South Bank in London and passed The Globe Theater, and tickets were available.
And for my friend and his companions, it was like a revelation. He said it was like a mist that disappeared from before his eyes. Shakespeare has enriched his life — as it enriches the lives of all of us who have had this kind of opportunity.
Good actors tell the stories clearly, in a straight line, so that the audience can understand every word. Do you hear back from adults with similar revelations after reading your book? And that's the best part of it. I'm a playwright by profession and that's how I make my living.
Writing this book was a labor of love. Believe me, no one has ever made a living writing a book about Shakespeare. But you do it because you love it so much and you want to share it with the world.
And the best part has been when people write to me and say, "Oh, my gosh! I was teaching it to my son and daughter and we all started understanding it together and now we all love it!
But oh my gosh! First, read a few lines — the ones I suggest in the first chapter. Simple, beautiful lines from a simple, understandable passage.
It simply describes a place in a forest where the magical Fairy Queen of the forest sleeps at night. When my children first heard about all this, they were struck dumb with excitement. What could be a better story for a youngster than a story about a magic forest, a mischievous fairy sprite and a beautiful princess?
As the book says, make sure that you and your kids understand every word in the passage — and then memorize it, which you can do in about ten minutes. With that start, things will begin to fall into place. The third step is to take the time to watch a good production of Shakespeare. You can do it in person if you have a good theater nearby; or you can do it online.
There are some very good Shakespeare movies on Amazon and Netflix — or you can watch wonderful full-length productions thanks to the GlobePlayer, which records many of the best productions put on by the Globe Theatre in London and makes them available at very reasonable cost.
Finally, go back to reading Shakespeare and learn new passages by heart, one after another.“Macbeth” True Act Subdivision Play subdivision True underlying structure Act 1 – Three witches tell Macbeth that he will become king of Scotland.
It occurs to Macbeth that this may mean having to kill the current king, Duncan.
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I suck at writing plays, nothing as come to mind with it PLEASE help me rewrite any scene from Macbeth.