lareinenoire: (Richard - squee!)
Day #5: Your favourite villain

You have three guesses and the first two don't count. )
Full List of Questions )
lareinenoire: (Elizabeth)
Day #4: Your favourite heroine

Again, more than one. Because this is me.

Juliet from Romeo and Juliet. I love how she is simultaneously mature and immature, I love how she doesn't take Romeo's bullshit in the balcony scene, and this is one of the most gorgeous speeches of all time. I love Mercutio's raw wit and Benvolio's sweetness and how Friar Laurence is an adorable failbot, but Juliet is, to me, the play's heart and emotional core. And it's her lines on waking up to find Romeo dead that made me cry buckets the first time I encountered this play.

Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing. How can you not love Beatrice? She's clever, witty, independent, and fiercely loyal. The scene between her and Benedick after Hero's failed wedding gets me every single time. I would eat his heart in the market-place. There is nothing about Beatrice that doesn't just make me happy.

Full List of Questions )
lareinenoire: (Elizabeth)
Day #2: Your favourite character
Curse you, meme, for making me choose! But I appreciate that you also include categories for hero and heroine so I can openly cheat the system and filter out some of my answers.

Lady Elizabeth Grey / Queen Elizabeth from 3 Henry VI and Richard III - First of all, this is not by any means a dig at Margaret. I adore Margaret from the bottom of my heart. But Elizabeth's quieter form of resistance and her strength in the face of losing practically every person she's ever loved and the fact that she OUTSMARTS RICHARD III give her the edge in my mind. Also, the fact that does does get outmaneuvered sometimes but that doesn't stop her. She's not a nice person, not by a long shot. But she gets things done. And I have to give credit where it's due.

Also, I want to play her. SO BADLY. But not as badly as I want to direct Richard III.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] angevin2 linked me to this wonderful post about the miscontextualization of the quote 'Well-behaved women rarely make history.' I do find it's extremely relevant to Elizabeth, who is often negatively compared to Margaret because her presence isn't as clearly delineated.

Full List of Questions )
lareinenoire: (Elizabeth)
I don't watch enough television for those TV memes, so I am going to do the Shakespeare one that has been going round.

My one caveat: I am indecisive. No, seriously. I am. Most of these questions will have at least two answers if not possibly more. I am just like that.

Day #1: Your favourite play

Short Answer: Othello and Richard III )
lareinenoire: (Vergil)
RAPHAEL HOLINSHED, YOUR PAGINATION IS BREAKING MY BRAIN.

In better news, leaving the library early today to watch the inauguration. To all of you freezing in Washington, I salute you!
lareinenoire: (Default)
So this post is utterly lacking in content.

That being said, I believe this has conclusively proven that everything is better with Benny Hill music.

See also [livejournal.com profile] angevin2's latest entry.
lareinenoire: (Crystal Ball)
First of all, apologies for the delay. First I was ill, and then I was travelling, and now I have time to transcribe my many, many notes.

To preface, I know a lot of people who saw this production and were disappointed, including several of my friends. I absolutely loved it -- but, this was my first experience seeing Hamlet performed live. I've seen three of the films (Olivier, Zeffirelli, and Branagh), and I've read it several times over (most recently with [livejournal.com profile] cesario's brilliant recaps), but seeing it performed was amazing, and I felt like I was rediscovering why I used to love this play so very, very much. I still do, but I think it's been spoiled by an excess of criticism, and watching it was astonishingly liberating.

Anyway. Here we go.

Here there be ramblings. Very long and probably full of unnecessary detail. )

I do feel bad posting this, knowing that anyone who sees this production between now and Christmas won't be seeing David Tennant, but I do want to say that Edward Bennett made a fantastic Laertes (he made me like Laertes, something I never would have predicted), so I can only assume he'll be a wonderful Hamlet as well.
lareinenoire: (Elegance)
...because, dammit, it's after 4AM and I'm still awake.

WE WON!

HOLY SHIT, WE WON!

I wanted to believe, but I didn't really think we could until Ohio went blue. AND THERE WAS SO MUCH REJOICING.

Also, because it is in fact that date:

Remember, remember
The fifth of November
The gunpowder, treason, and plot
I see no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

ETA 4:50: Have been trying to watch McCain's speech, but CNN's website is giving me nothing but crowd shots, which is irritating. I think I shall go to bed and see if it's available by the time I wake up again. But, ladies and gentlemen, tomorrow is going to be a beautiful day.
lareinenoire: (Elegance)
I almost posted earlier today in a panic because I have hit a Research Crisis. It is definitely a good thing that said research crisis happened roughly an hour before I was supposed to meet [livejournal.com profile] nineveh_uk for cocktails and Quantum of Solace. Alcohol and Daniel Craig shooting people was precisely what I needed.

As a result, this post will not be about the Research Crisis. It will be about Bond. Which is far, far more preferable.

Not so much a review as a series of observations. Cut for ramblings, possible incoherence, and gratuitous quoting of John Webster. Also spoilers. )

In all, Bond films are about location porn, car porn, fashion porn, and people dying in unconventional if not often spectacular ways. The location porn was quite fun here, although it would take a lot to beat Casino Royale for sheer gorgeousness. And, well, it's a Bond film, so the fact that it has any plot at all, let alone a half-decent one, should be impressive in and of itself. I'm probably reading far more into it than was necessarily there, but this is what I do to films, and I happen to enjoy it. Plus, it really was a very enjoyable film, and a really fun evening altogether.
lareinenoire: (Elegance)


I don't normally post about the election, but this is only vaguely related and had me nearly crying from laughter.
lareinenoire: (Studious Veronica)
Met with my supervisor yesterday and arguably survived. Will post about it later.

More importantly, however, for anyone who likes Jacobean drama, or John Webster, or Jonathan Slinger, or anything that is good and wonderful in this world.

BBC Radio 3 did an amazing Duchess of Malfi on Sunday night.

Sophie Okonedo plays the title role, and she is just marvellous. As is the rest of the cast, including Slinger, who is terrifying as Ferdinand, and Bertie Carvel as a fantastically conflicted Bosola.

It's available online for the rest of the week.

You know you cannot resist.
lareinenoire: (Studious Veronica)
I'd like to preface by admitting that I haven't read Love's Labours Lost in a very long time. I saw it once before, in Louisville in July, 2001, and enjoyed it far more than I would have expected, since my previous attempts to read it had met with much frustration. So, while I know Gregory Doran made a substantial number of cuts to the script (he couldn't have done otherwise and managed a running time under three hours with interval), I'm not altogether sure what cuts those were.

Anyway, without further ado, here we go.

Longish review below )

In all, I really enjoyed the production, despite a few flaws, and found it quite thought-provoking. Not to mention it was visually gorgeous.
lareinenoire: (Crystal Ball)
Official call for papers for the conference I'm co-organising in March. Children's lit in Oxford -- you know you want to!

Place and Space in Children's Literature
27-28 March 2009, University of Oxford
Keble College, Oxford


Keynote speech by Philip Pullman

The University of Oxford Children’s Literature and Youth Culture Colloquium invites papers on the themes of place and space in children’s literature for its conference to be held at Keble College, Oxford. The keynote speech, opening reception, and delegates’ dinner on the evening of Friday 27 March will be followed by a day of panels and discussions on Saturday 28 March, 2009.

Confirmed speakers include Peter Hunt, Farah Mendlesohn, Margaret Kean, and Diane Purkiss.

Further Information Below )
lareinenoire: (Crystal Ball)
Oh, my God.

Jack Nicholson, you have been pwned.
lareinenoire: (Bitch)
Dear weather,

It's June. And I have the heat on. Something is very wrong with this picture.

No love,
~Me
lareinenoire: (Studious Veronica)
OMG. I just finished watching Silence in the Library IN THE BLOODY LIBRARY.

Which is almost as brilliant an idea as reading Stephen King at 4:30 AM because of jetlag.

Thankfully it is not dark and there are no shadows. If the Internet were working in Duke Humfrey's Library, I would have watched it there and it would have scared the sense out of me.

Will write a proper review of this episode later, but I loved, loved, loved it. Steven Moffat is my hero.

And I am late for a seminar, so I must run.
lareinenoire: (Elegance)
...that I received an A++ for penmanship and 'presentation'.

From Jasper Fforde.

Who I met today.

And who is awesome and great fun and actually answered my question about whether he thought about characters the same way that the characters in his books think about characters, and who laughed at my stupid jokes about five different versions of Marguerite of Anjou in existence at the same time, half of which were homicidal maniacs, and have I mentioned that he is awesome?

I sadly did not get to ask him if he remembered [livejournal.com profile] rosamund and her memorisation of all relevant callback lines from Richard III, as he had to drive back from Oxford tonight, but, eee!!!

I'm such a dork.

Photo beneath the cut )
lareinenoire: (Studious Veronica)
I didn't take as many notes this time, as I was mainly jotting down things I hadn't noticed before, or things that I thought were different.

The first set of reviews is here.

They've more or less transplanted the entire set into the Roundhouse, although the theatre itself is a different shape. My seats, which I thought were going to be extremely high up, and would have been at the Courtyard, turned out to be quite good (I was front row circle, far to stage right).

Henry VI, Part I )

Henry VI, Part II )

Henry VI, Part III )

But now they're over. It makes me so very sad, even though logically I know that it frees up the histories so that other companies can technically do them. I am still sad.

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