3. Erudite Corner

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The Impact of Brexit on Sevenoaks Shakespeare

We shall never surrender, save to the interests of honour, and good sense.

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Aphra Behn, the first professional woman writer

An article reprinted from The Shakespeare blog with annecdotes from Phil Newton

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Smiles that reveal, Smiles that conceal

This article analyses the dramatic functions of the smile in Shakespeare’s plays as a facial gesture which can either reveal what a character is thinking, or conceal feelings. It is at its most theatrically complex in Twelfth Night as a thematic and structural element, and Malvolio’s smiling is the most extended example.   Increasing interest […]

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Boning-up on verse forms for the rehearsals?

The greater part of The Tempest is in blank verse — the unrhymed, iambic five-stress (decasyllabic) verse, or iambic pentameter, introduced into England from Italy by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, about 1540, and used by him in a translation of the second and fourth books of Vergil’s Aeneid, Nicholas Grimald (Tottel’s Miscellany, 1557) employed […]

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Some earlier work.....

Melvyn Bragg’s very interesting discussion of Hamlet in a recent edition of In Our Time on Radio 4?

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Amateur Theatre Fest – Saturday 8 September

Amateur Theatre Fest – Saturday 8 September

An exciting full-day event of workshops, talks and performances