21
Feb
12

BLOW WINDS BLOW!

Noosa at around 4pm. Image by Kim Buckley via Facebook.

In the midst of the storm today (Year 1 Word of the Day: terrifying), Seamus Mee reminded me via Facebook, of some of the most fantastic storm lines ever written.

King Lear

Act 3, Scene 2

LEAR

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks!
You sulfurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers of oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Smite flat the thick rotundity o’ th’ world,
Crack nature’s molds, all germens spill at once
That make ingrateful man!
Rumble thy bellyful! Spit, fire! Spout, rain!
Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire are my daughters.
I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness.
I never gave you kingdom, called you children.
You owe me no subscription. Why then, let fall
Your horrible pleasure. Here I stand, your slave—
A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man.
But yet I call you servile ministers,
That will with two pernicious daughters joined
Your high engendered battles ‘gainst a head
So old and white as this. Oh, ho! ‘Tis foul.

Sunset in Mudjimba after the storm. Image by Teneale Rush via Facebook.

Robyn Nevin will play Queen Lear. Image by James Croucher.

I can’t wait for Robyn Nevin’s QUEEN LEAR!

Nevin said she had been waiting for an opportunity to play Lear after McDonald suggested the role to her several years ago.

She has previously played a male role in Shakespeare: Mark Antony in a production of Julius Caesar directed by Simon Phillips.

“I really enjoyed playing Mark Antony but, goodness, people had difficulty with it,” Nevin said.

Director, Rachel McDonald said she wanted Nevin as Lear simply because she was “perfect for that role”.

Queen Lear would be staged as if written for a woman. “You don’t have to take a machete to it,” she said of the adaptation. “When you look at the play you only have to switch the pronouns and that’s it.”

Source: The Australian

Picture: James Croucher. Article: Matthew Westwood. September 28th 2011

Upcoming Shakespeare in Brisbane:

La Boite’s As You Like It

QTC’s Romeo and Juliet

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