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Royal Canadian Air Farce

Synopsis
A selection of audio clips performed by Canadian Air Farce and presented on the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare website (CASP). They offer comedic representations of Shakespeare in relation to Canadian national identity. Ranging from the earliest radio clip in 1977 (`Shakespearean Quackers’) through to the 1993 "Shakespearean Election (or Much Ado About the Merchant of Hamlet’s Election)", the skits spoof Canadian multiculturalism, political culture, media culture, local Canadian culture (Canadian Tire), regionalism, and other aspects of the Canadian national psyche.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Multimedia; Radio

Credits

Cast
Don Ferguson 
Jessica Holmes 
Luba Gouy 
Roger Abbott 

Additional Details

Production type
Sitcoms/Variety
Keywords
Canada; satire; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); national identity; Multiculturalism

Notes

General
"Multicultural Hamlet" first broadcast May 6, 1989 on CBC Radio. Recorded in Winnipeg.

"Shakespearean Election" first broadcast October 9, 1993 on CBC Radio. Recorded at the Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto.

"Shakespearean Quackers" first broadcast March 19, 1977 on CBC Radio.

"Masterfarce Playhouse: Hamlet" first broadcast May 2, 1982 on CBC Radio. Recorded in Waterloo, Ontario.

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.canadianshakespeares.ca/multimedia/video/m_v_7.cfm

Production Company

Name

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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