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Thursday 22 May 2014
Arts Books Culture

not such a sweet sorrow: my love-hate relationship with Shakespeare

Christina Bulbrook
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She’s gone forever! I know when one is dead, and when one lives; She’s dead as earth. The words echo through the room, followed by the deathly silence of Peter Brook’s music-less film.  No one stirs.  Somewhere far away a train chatters past. Still the classroom remains motionless. On screen, Paul Scofield is kneeling in black…
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Thursday 14 March 2013
Arts Featured

theatre review: ‘bell shakespeare’s henry 4’

Grace Carroll
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  The Sex Pistols meet William Shakespeare. It isn’t often that these two British cultural icons are grouped together. Yet Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Henry 4 does just this, and much more, to present a punk-inspired interpretation of the classic play. The production debuted a few weeks ago in Canberra, and will soon open…
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Monday 12 March 2012

film review: coriolanus

Natalie Salvo
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Coriolanus is a modern adaptation of a little-known, Shakespeare play. Like Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Bard’s Romeo & Juliet, here the viewer is offered a Shakespearian tragedy with old English dialogue and a modern setting thanks to little twists like news stories on TV and modern warfare raging against the ancient politics underpinning the story. Caius Martius…
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Sunday 20 November 2011

film review: anonymous

Bernie Nolan
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Anonymous is a political thriller advancing the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, the Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare’s plays while Shakespeare took all the fame. It is set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth The First and the rebellion that was led against her. To begin with,…
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