Category: Planet Blog

Splats Theatre A Midsummer Night’s Dream actually performed in the woods…

This is Rammy spoke to Paul Jenkins of Splats Theatre Company who are going to be performing a version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Summerseat Woods. The tickets for the event, if they have not all sold out by the time of this podcast are available at Ramsbottom Library (link below) for £7 […]

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What Shakespeare can teach us about The Magna Carta and Historical drama

Driving home with my family from a theme park I suddenly swerved and shouted ‘Runnymede.’ I regained control of the car. My family asked perplexed what was up. ‘This is Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was signed’ I yelped. ‘The what???!!!’ they asked. ‘The Magna Carta, the big paper, you know when the Barons and […]

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Peter Brooks A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Have a listen to this amazing talk with Peter Brook about his groundbreaking production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. What it helps us understand is how the view of Shakespeare’s play as historically fixed entities has opened up, that we set can them anywhere . As Judi Dench says’ you can’t mess about with Chekov, […]

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Why does 10 Downing street prove that history for schools can be silly as well as horrid.

How many times have you seen a politician going in or out of number 10 Downing street​?​ ​I​s the number 10 straight? Why are the walls black? Are all the chairs perfectly lined up in the Cabinet ​R​oom​? Whose picture​ is everyone given a postcard of when leaving?​ What does it say about the British?​ […]

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Storytelling and our reponsibility

Just reading Bernard Cribbins talk about children’s TV being too fast and noisy made me think of a very thought provoking article written by the late, great Oliver Postgate of Bagpuss fame. In this article entitled DOES CHILDREN’S TELEVISION MATTER? Oliver Postgate concludes, Finally, let me offer you the following serious thought. Suppose, if you […]

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