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This morning, the ‘Robben Island Bible’, one of the objects in our upcoming exhibition Shakespeare: staging the world, was installed in the exhibition space. The Robben Island Bible is a copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare that was kept in secret in the Robben Island jail near Cape Town during Apartheid in the 1970s. Prisoners marked their favorite passage or play including Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned on the island for 18 years.
Mandela chose a passage from Julius Caesar; his signature dated 16 December 1977. In Africa, the play Julius Caesar had long been a symbol for rebellion against imperial rule. The prisoners used the book as a tool for learning, debate and inspiration.
The book was kept by political prisoner Sonny Venkatrathnam, and its cover was disguised with Diwali cards to prevent its seizure by prison authorities. It is a testament to the continuing importance and relevance of Shakespeare and his plays through time and across the globe and how, 400 years after they were first written, these plays and poems still have the power to speak to the world.
Shakespeare’s plays in the original accent they were written for. Not enough people have watched this. This requires rectifying.
I’VE BEEN SAYING THIS SO MANY TIMES, EModE IS ESSENTIALLY SCOTS/ULSTER SCOTS.
That sounds like some sort of odd mix between thick northern west country and thick Irish which is then diluted a bit.
FUCK. YES. one, accents \o/ two, this is what bothers me every single time I see someone perform Shakespeare, because it’s always in RP and I’m like SHAKESPEAREAN ENGLISH ACCENTS WERE NOT LIKE THAT OKAY.
and then I go off into a rant about how Americans didn’t used to speak like the British, either; the British used to speak like Americans and then we both diverged
/historical linguistics nerd
I love Shakespeare in the original pronunciation. It’s so earthy and sexy, in a way that I think really highlights the writing in a way that received pronunciation doesn’t.