#MindTheBard: Blood (Macbeth)

Obviously blood isn’t a disease, but its presence or absence is clearly a key difference between life & death – or, if you’re one of the Macbeths, a guilty reminder of the foul deeds on their CV. There is an awful lot of bloodshed in the Scottish Play, be it in battle, a guestroom regicide, […]

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#MindTheBard: Madness (Hamlet)

Madness. Not the most sensitive or appropriate term, but simply extracted from today’s play: Hamlet. There are various different displays of what might have been understood to be ‘madness’ when Shakespeare wrote the play, but what we could now diagnose as depression, anxiety, paranoia, schizophrenia… The list goes on. But what of the Prince of Denmark […]

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#MindTheBard: Boils (Coriolanus)

On this #ShakespeareSunday we head off to ancient Rome, where tempers are boiling over… The Tarquin kings have been expelled and there are riots in the street, as citizens grapple for grain; they’re also not best pleased with the general Caius Marcius, who reciprocates their contempt. The ‘microbe’ for today is the boil, which is […]

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#MindTheBard: Leech (Henry V)

To kick off the week, we go once more unto the leech… Giant Microbes aren’t just about ‘germs’, as we shall see over the course of this week, with worms, organs & various other biomedical critters making up the collection. The humble leech has been sucked out of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known histories: Henry V. […]

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Wish list: The Show Must Go Online

This week The Show Must Go Online headed off into new territory, eschewing Shakespeare and anything Shakespeare-related with their latest production: John Lyly’s Gallathea (with a majority LGBTQIA+ cast). The team are clearly keen to continue their exploration of Zoom theatre for the foreseeable (though not at the eye-watering pace of a play a week […]

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Out of 2020 – Into 2021

I’ve ummed and ahhed over doing this sort of post, but (now the end of January is in sight) I’ve finally decided that I might as well follow up my ‘favourite things‘ post with a bit of a round-up – and some kind of look forward. One thing that I did manage was to get […]

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