Brenda Mullinger announces:
There’s a lecture in Tonbridge at the EM Forster theatre called Shakespeare The Painter that may be of interest to SSS members.
Renaissance writers understood good writing as painting in words: such is the power of language that the writer can put ideas before the reader almost like pictures, pictures that appeal to the eye and convey information directly and powerfully. In Shakespeare’s plays we sometimes find ourselves listening to word-pictures – instead of watching an event on stage we listen to a character describing it, usually in highly-wrought visual cues that invite us to see it in the mind’s eye. Claire Preston, Professor of Renaissance Literature at Queen Mary University of London, will be asking why painting word-pictures sometimes suits the theatre better than action, using examples from Hamlet, King Lear, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra and Macbeth, among others.
4 Feb 2020,