Merely Players

Merely Players : Acting Like Shakespeare Really Matters

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When a middle-aged boy player returns to London's Globe playhouse during a terrible revival of Romeo and Juliet, she sets off a chain of events as great as any of Shakespeare's entertainments, revealing a love story that lay hidden for decades, just beneath the lines of the script. Centuries later, an out-of-work Sydney actor connects the dots of this drama and is inspired to write a play, bringing him face to face with big life lessons in the art and politics of storytelling. The lives of these two unconventional players collide in a journey from Australia to England, from drama school to the professional stage, from male to female, from failure to success and back again, exploring the untold story of those who created the complete works of William Shakespeare.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 128.52 x 198.37 x 12.95mm | 235.87g
  • Australia
  • English
  • 0994388713
  • 9780994388711

Table of contents

Merely Players: Acting like Shakespeare really matters. LGBTI Labour's Lost: a case for transgender players. Merely Players: A two-act play. William Shakespeare: a farmer who cultivated words
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"A poignant intersection of theatre and reality, highlighting the Bard's resilient universality 400 years after his death." Daniel Seed, The Headline Act.
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About Michael Burge

Michael Burge is an Australian journalist and writer who was born at Inverell in the New England region of NSW. He grew up in the Blue Mountains, lived in England for most of the 1990s, and now resides on Coochiemudlo Island in Queensland's Moreton Bay with his husband and their two dogs.
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