By | August 2, 2010


Olde English Scene. Bard Scene.


The following scene will appear as if William Shakespeare had penned it.


This handle is an overlay to an open scene. A Shakespeare scene is an intended comedic parody of a prolific English playwright who has been pretty well received in the modern world. The key to a Shakespeare scene is make the parody intentional, and not accidental. Should performers attempt a Shakespeare scene without knowledge of the playwright’s work. Probably not.

A Shakespeare scene could be flavoured with commonly known elements from the historic work. These flavours involve iconic character types with particular wants. For example wants like self destroying guilt, jealously, and avarice abound in Shakespeare’s plays. The scene can be peppered with Old English sounding words like: alas, alack, anon, and forsooth. It is a reasonable expectation that the performers know the meaning of said words. Shakespeare wrote most of his plays and sonnets using Iambic Pentmeter. This is a very specific style of verse that most audiences will expect the performers to use. Iambic pentameter is best described with an example.

Shakespeare’s work was wrought with tragedy and cheeky toilet humour. Not only is the sound, setting, speech, and characters influenced by this handle so is the narrative arc.


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