Phew, that was a bit of a mouthful.
Today is St George’s Day, however it is also the anniversary of the birth (and death) of one of the world’s greatest bards; William Shakespeare, adored by literature lovers and abhorred by students everywhere. If his body had had the longevity of his work he’d be 448 today.
In celebration of the global bard a festival has kicked off today and it’s basically his plays given a unique twist, there’s a version of Love’s Labour’s Lost entirely in sign language, for the first time ever a sonnet has been translated into Somali, in fact each of his 37 plays are translated into 37 languages. While King Lear will be performed in Belarusian, Hamlet in Lithuanian, Othello will be given a modern twist as it’s interpreted through hip hop.
Needless to say I really want to go! It looks so good and what better way to celebrate his work? Sure there are quite a few films out there bringing the classic tales to the fore of modern-day, but they just aren’t as good.
It’s on until November but at the moment I have deadlines looming ominously upon the horizon bearing down upon me like a maddened bull during the Running of the Bulls in Spain (ok so that’s a bit of an exaggeration but still…), so for now I must suffice waltzing with the temptation of buying Shakespeare: The Sonnets.
You see, these people (I think they’re actually called The Sonnets) have recorded 11 of Shakespeare’s poems giving them a modern twist but keeping it rooted in the Elizabethan times with the instruments they use. From what I’ve heard so far it sounds pretty good, but then I haven’t heard much so I remain unsure of whether the risk should be taken. But one of the coolest things about it is that if the album were to win any awards, Shakespeare himself would be a recipient (posthumously of course).
Anyway, happy birthday once again to the bard, and happy St George’s day.
- William Shakespeare Set For Chart Success (news.sky.com)
- On the Occasion of Mr Shakespeare’s Birthday – or – Me and Will (actorsgreenroom.net)
- April 23 1564 and 1616 Birth and Death of William Shakespeare (chinadailymail.com)
- Celebrating the Bard’s Birthday (wqxr.org)
- Freaking sonnet… (fictionleigh.wordpress.com)