I think I’ll be taking the title ‘International Creative’ as my new job title after reading this ;)
Delighted to get an ‘Alice’ award :)
Shakespeare in America
There is a thing about Shakespeare in America and it’s a very, very good thing. I think I’m probably at my happiest when my British worlds and my American worlds combine, and that seems to be at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s outdoor performances in Ellicott City. I liked their recent production of As You Like It so much, I wrote this piece.
Before last night’s show I did a talk about ‘Shakespeare in America’ and the differences between British and American approaches to Shakespeare; how it has evolved; and what experiences folks have of it, and excerpts the talk will feature in this marvellous project called Shakespeare on the Road going across America. Chuffed!
4 July comments and parade
I’m not gonna lie, 4 July is kind of odd for us Brits in the USA.
This is what I encountered the day before…
Me (to some parent dude): ‘Happy 4th of July.’
Him: ‘Are you allowed to say that?’
Me: ‘Of course!’
Him: ‘Do you mean it, though?’
Him: ‘Well, sorry about this independence thing, but I see it like we were dating and it didn’t quite work out.’
Me ‘Ha ha, yes.’
Him (awkward now): ‘I mean, not you and me, but, um, America and England…..um, but, um….anyway, have a good one!’
(He hurries off).
Before I marched in this year’s parade (wearing my I HEART the USA top, of course!) I joked with my American chums about how we must have been hungover back then, or sent out our B team, cos otherwise we surely would have won, but it’s all in good spirits, naturally!
BUT – what I didn’t realise is what the Declaration of Independence really says, and how jolly well pissed off the American were at us Brits. I heard it in its full (and very, very long) glory for the first time last night, read by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.
Boy, were we Brits a bit mean; and wasn’t King George a bit mad and horrid; and didn’t those Americans get all cross and appear to get their knickers in a right old twist in the middle bit of that declaration.
But jolly good show that we’re all spiffing chums again now!
It was all a bit embarrassing hearing the trouble and strife from back in the day – so much so that I hung my head in shame ;) . After recording this piece, one cast member called out to me ‘We still love ya, though, Claire!’ :)
Another local blogger referenced by presence in the county in his 4th July blog too.
And now, thankfully, back to the normality of 21st century relationships!