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Lord What Fools we Mortals Be

Synopsis
One of a series of educational videotapes discussing the performing arts. In this programme three professional actors demonstrate the role of clowns and fools in Shakespeare’s day by using monologues and scenes from The Two Gentleman of Verona, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Discusses their role as comic relief within the plays, but also their other roles such as collecting money before performances, gathering in the crowd and between-act entertainment.
Series
Front Row Centre
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1995
Duration
15 mins

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Macbeth; Midsummer Night’s Dream, A; Two Gentlemen of Verona, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
fools; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Elizabethan stage; Clowns

Production Company

Name

Agency for Instructional Technology

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Viewtech Educational Media

Notes
NB. Viewtech ceased trading in 2014 and the company’s products are no longer in distribution

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