Whispers from the Wings

Do we 'dumb down'?

September 19, 2012

The cast of Lear on stage with a Christmas treeThis week during a Q&A were asked a question on whether or not we dumb down our shows for young audiences...

The answer is no. Regardless of what age you are, you still understand human conditions...

It is Shakespeare's greatest gift in my opinion. He understood the human condition and could articulate it in ways that many writers still find difficult.

Some of the most intelligent and challenging responses I have ever experienced have come from our young audiences and even after the third show I am still amazed at how I am challenged by the people that are 20 years younger then me...

So thank you to all the young people that help me wake up and know that I will be challenged because it is something that I find only a handful of adults do for me: 'Speak what we feel not what we aught to say.'

by Dharmesh Patel  |  1 comment

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Sep 21, 3:12pm

I watched your show today at the Royal Theater, Newcastle Upon Tyne! I must say, you played Edgar very well!! However, still, I think you guys squeezed it too much. Well, I mean... it should be a tragedy, really. And I didnt really feel the tragedy bv the end of the play. but anyway, i am your fan now!

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