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Inside track: a tabloid take on Shakespeare's Lear
03.07.02
SPID Theatre Company's Lear
Shakespeare as a master of mystery in SPID's version of King Lear
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re-working of a set text favourite...
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"Write about what you know" - so said learned thespian David Edgar when I went to study playwrighting under his tuition shortly after leaving university.

But let’s face it, Shakespeare’s not just a great playwright, he’s a master of mystery.

I learnt that when Haringey Arts Council commissioned me to re-tell Hamlet from Ophelia’s perspective, and when Live and Dangerous theatre group asked me to revamp
A Midsummer Night’s Dream for their school-touring production.

And reworking set text/ RSC favourite King Lear has built on that experience.

Judgement calling

My tabloid take on Lear sends judgement calling on an old editor in the form of a particularly stressful press day.

SPID Theatre Company's Lear
Mirror, mirror: Lear through the looking glass as judgement calls

My pitting of work experience Cordelia against cynical hack Edmund was described by Time Out as "a playful microcosm ...a clever synthesis between Lear and Shakespeare’s original."

But this tale of loyalty, betrayal and tight deadlines is really about what we don’t know.

If you’ve ever feared getting old or dying alone, this look at the conundrum of just being human should show why Shakespeare’s original is such a lasting classic.

SPID's Lear is at Camden People's Theatre
58 Hampstead Road NW1
July 2 - 14/ 8pm
Ring: 020 7916 5878

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