[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Chapter 11: Upon a Fearful Summons )

Chapter 12: Stand for Judgment )

Chapter 13: Old and Plain )

Chapter 14: The Pageants of the Sea )

Well, that really is it from me: we've read our way through all 12 Marlows books. It's been just over a year, at a fairly conservative estimate about 100,000 words written in readthrough posts, and over 6,000 comments.

I'd like to thank the guest posters: [personal profile] legionseagle, who took on Peter's Room and the sailing bits of Run Away Home, [livejournal.com profile] coughingbear who took on Cricket Term; [livejournal.com profile] highfantastical, who posted on parts of the Players books and on Falconer's Lure; [livejournal.com profile] jackmerlin, who posted on chapters from Ready Made Family; and [livejournal.com profile] sprog_63 who posted on Falconer's Lure.

Thanks to the [livejournal.com profile] trennels mods, [livejournal.com profile] thewhiteowl, [livejournal.com profile] ankaret and [livejournal.com profile] coughingbear for their exceptional modding.

And finally, thanks to everyone who participated in the discussions, without whom &c.

It's been an epic experience: I feel I've learned a lot about Forest and her books, and I've enjoyed myself trimmensely. I hope you have too. I find myself a little overwhelmed, so I hope you'll excuse me if I don't launch into a prolonged panegyric, but I am enormously gratified and touched by the enthusiastic and informed response that there has been to the readthrough.

I hope after a short break we might continue discussion of the Marlows books with some thematic posts, and if people would like to, also a readthrough of The Thursday Kidnapping. The fic fest is still open for sign-ups for another two weeks, and there are plenty of prompts already there awaiting a claim.

But for now, I'll gently rise, and softly call: good night, and joy be to you all.

Thanks once again to everyone.
[identity profile] highfantastical.livejournal.com
Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] lilliburlero for letting me have a crack at The Players and the Rebels!

The Mirror up to Nature )

The Quick Comedians )

The Wind is Northerly )

That's it from me! Thanks again to everyone who keeps [livejournal.com profile] trennels running smoothly, and of course to [livejournal.com profile] lilliburlero for all her amazing work during the readthrough. Over to you all. :)
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[identity profile] coughingbear.livejournal.com
Just a quick post about a book on Shakespeare's London that I was told about last night, which might be of interest to readers of the Players books. The Guardian short review:

Part of the Arden Shakespeare series, this fascinating study argues that although Shakespeare rarely wrote about London – none of his plays is set in the city of his own day – it played a central role in shaping his imagination: “The size, diversity, noise, smell, chaos, anarchy and sheer excitement of London can be felt in all that Shakespeare writes.” The exact date when the playwright moved to London is not known, but it’s clear that by 1592 he was living and working in the capital and would remain there for the next 20 years. The eight chapters (each on a separate play) explore the symbolic power of key locations, beginning in the west of the city and moving east. The first tackles Tyburn – the city’s place of execution where as many as 60,000 died – using London’s bloodiest site to frame his most violent play: Titus Andronicus. Later chapters move to Whitehall, then along the Strand, and finish at the Tower. It is an evocative journey that places Shakespeare’s plays in a revealing urban context.

Available from Amazon or better still your local independent bookshop!

ETA: Full title and details - Shakespeare in London by Hannah Crawforth, Sarah Dustagheer, Jennifer Young.
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
24th April: Chapters 1-4
1st May: Chapters 5-8
8th May: Chapters 9-12, guest post by [livejournal.com profile] highfantastical
15th May: Chapters 13-15

If you'd like to do a guest post, please let me know below or in pm. Similarly if you would like to lend/circulate/borrow Players texts, please contact me via pm.
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
I'm planning to begin reading the Players books on 24th April. Schedule to follow. Unfortunately, I don't have or know of any electronic copies of these novels. If you do, and would be willing to share, please let me know. If you're able to afford them, 2nd hand copies of the books are available from various dealers and on Ebay etc. Unfortunately it looks like these will set you back about £40 each at the going rate, so it would be great if people were able informally to circulate pdfs or loan spare copies &c.
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[identity profile] coughingbear.livejournal.com
On Radio 4 yesterday, an interesting half-hour on the boys who originally played Shakespeare's female roles, 'Who Was Rosalind?'. From the website:

In As You Like It, Shakespeare created one of his greatest and most complicated female roles. At a time when women were not allowed to act on stage, the role would have been taken by a young boy. But who? Actor, critic and academic Susan Hitch tries to find out

In doing so she looks at how Shakespeare wrote for his actors, the educational culture of Elizabethan England, and the brilliance of the makeup artists of Shakespeare's company. She talks to academic experts, to actor Adrian Lester who has played Rosalind, and to contemporary schoolboys and teachers about boys playing girls, and discovers how radically our ideas of intimacy and desire have changed in the last 400 years and how strong the power of theatre still is today.

I listened yesterday; inevitably it seemed over-simplified in places, but worthwhile for fans of Player's Boy and Players and the Rebels. (I'm afraid I have no idea if the recording is available outside the UK.)


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