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Shakespeare Workshop 2: The Comic Spirit

Subtitle
Comic spirit, The
Alternative title
Comic Spirit, The
Synopsis
Documentary made for schools. Compares and contrasts different styles and type of humour through the ages. Explains the elements of comedy used by Shakespeare including the use of mischief, power of the unexpected, love at first sight, verbal dexterity, stinging power of wit, magic of music, convention of disguise, misfortune and tragic potential, and the role of clowns. Examples are taken from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing performed by The New Shakespeare Company from Open Air Theatre Regent Park. Produced for the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) and written and presented by David Whitworth.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1982
Duration
60 mins
Availability
Out of UK distribution

Credits

Director
Noel Hardy
Producer
Noel Hardy
Writer
David Whitworth
Contributor
David Whitworth
Cast
Andrew Sachs 
Graham Colville 
Louise Jameson 
Philip Bowen 
Philippa Gail 
Rupert Farley 

Additional Details

Theatre company
New Shakespeare Company, The
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
comedy; schools; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The videotape is made available to staff and students of the Institute of Education, University of London. Researchers outside the Institute should contact the Institute of Education Library to enquire about viewing.
Uses
Secondary school drama.

Production Company

Name

New Shakespeare Company

Sponsor

Name

Inner London Education Authority, Learning Resources Branch

Name

Lloyds Bank

Archive

Name

Institute of Education

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Address
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