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

Deep Island connection for indie rockers Half Moon Run

Montreal-based band brings their dreamy sound to Victoria for Jan. 14 show at the Royal

Have your New Year’s Eve set? Try out these musical gala options

Greater Victoria venues featuring local bands to ring in 2020

Ladysmith set to star in new Syfy series, Resident Alien

Island town will play the role of Patience, Colo. in the series

Jim Cuddy Band members turn trio for next Victoria show

Jan. 11 stop at the McPherson Playhouse part of the Countrywide Soul tour

The Strumbellas grow their award-winning sound organically

Juno-winning band makes a rare West Coast appearance at the Royal Theatre for Jan. 9 concert

Fashion Fridays: A masterclass on H&M knitwear

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

‘Homespun’ brings six Greater Victoria artists together for genre-bending music

Highlands Music Coffee House returns Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

B.C. family’s ‘Feud’ game-show trip was ‘meant to happen’ after father’s death

Surrey resident Atish Ram’s departed father ‘loved game shows’

‘Jurassic World 3’ will film in Metro Vancouver under working title ‘Arcadia’

Filming is set to take place between Feb. 24 and March 6, 2020

Bursary created in memory of late Duncan musician triples in second year

Young Vancouver Island musicians in financial need can apply by Dec. 15

Talking about tubas! Annual concert attracts hundreds to Market Square

The 2019 edition of Tuba Christmas concert and fundraiser goes this Saturday in the square

Yellowpoint holiday spectacle returns this weekend

Musical variety show offers a wide range of genres, along with many of your seasonal favourites

Most Read