HAIL FELLOW, WELL MET!

Monday Magazine's Shakespeare professor and artistic director of the Vancouver Island Shakespeare Arts makes his introduction

I never met a guy I didn’t like.” – Will Rogers.

He was born over four and a half centuries ago and yet we hardly know the guy, William Shakespeare. Hate him or love him you cannot ignore ‘Gentle Will.’ Your formal introduction? School! Your tor-mentors’ weapon of choice? A grainy video. In my day we used a little thing called a book with words ordered into rows like prisoners on a long death march to obscure pronunciation and existential confusion. My gaolers’ goal was to feed me small servings of Shakespeare with huge helpings of algebra and dodge ball. They failed well. I still love the Bard though I have never met the guy.

Allow me to introduce myself. Do take careful notes as this may be on the exam. Abruptly born on the Rock; exile to Winterpeg; a northern transfer to the sub-arctic; delivering newspapers while distant wolves howl over moonlit snowdrifts; back to the ‘Peg; caught the acting bug in high school; a BA at the U of Dub; an MFA at York U; motorcycle misadventures through Central America; offered a PhD; plays in Vancouver; screenplays in LA; and finally washing up off Dallas Road to found an in-tents Shakespeare festival. Those are the headlines. Glad to meet you. Air hug!

We now return you to regular grammar and programming already in progress.

The modest missives to follow will describe our ‘brave new world’ through a lens of articles ranging from rose-coloured shades to stained-glass windows. May it encompass the creative chaos of Shakespeare’s Southwark and the solemnity of his Holy Trinity Church. There is no journey’s end with him.

I am grateful to the mother ship MondayMag for this fine importunity to get it all blissfully wrong with the Bard. The dawn of the Twitter Wars soon breaks with an article series ominously titled “So Who Wrote Shakespeare?”

No exam today. Off you go!

– Robert Light is the Artistic Director with Vancouver Island Shakespeare Arts

 

Just Posted

Oak Bay’s new music fest returns next weekend

All festival concerts take place on June 2 and 3 at St. Mary’s Anglican Church

Cyclists win Bike to Work Week’s Commuter Challenge kickoff

16 teams of cars vs. bikes raced to see who could reach downtown destination fastest

Victoria Cool Aid Society invites you to their Homecoming

Event celebrates 50 years of social services across Greater Victoria with fundraiser to keep programs running

Fort Street bike lanes making their debut with roll-out event Sunday

Completion marks the second east-west connector dedicated to downtown cyclists

City shifts gears on Cook Street bike lanes, Vancouver St. recommended instead

Cook said to be too expensive, to inconvenient to install dedicated lanes

Film Review: On Chesil Beach

Saoirse Ronan continues to shine in adaptation Ian McEwan novel about young newlyweds on their wedding day

Burlesque performers don’t let theatre fire stop their show

Cheesecake Burlesque Revue raising money for PEERS with Saturday night performance of Hot Pink

Free mixed media camp offered to youth

Camp hosted on Denman Island

Reading between the lines: the many roles of the Victoria Literacy Connection

Saturday fundraiser to help volunteer-run organization teach people to read, write and more

Film Review: On Chesil Beach

Saoirse Ronan continues to shine in adaptation Ian McEwan novel about young newlyweds on their wedding day

Mulroney children to act as bridesmaids-page boys at royal wedding

Ben and Jessica Mulroney’s children will be in Saturday’s royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

St. Luke’s brings whodunnit to the stage

Laura plays at St. Luke’s Hall from May 16 to 27

VIDEO: Let the good times roll in first Laketown Shakedown

With Current Swell and Jon and Roy as headliners, there’s lots to enjoy at this first in a series

Most Read