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May 09, 2007

I can't believe the news today….

You know it’s going to be a good day when a colleague walks into your office and says, “Was that YOU in the Guardian this morning?”!

I’m quite excited, but then, I’ve never made it into a national newspaper before (to my knowledge!). In today’s Guardian, this blog was quoted in the ‘People’ section. You can read it at,,2075137,00.html

but here’s my bit:

‘Germaine Greer’s comments in this paper on Monday suggested that she was, to put it mildly, unimpressed by the new King Lear (with Ian McKellen) at the RSC’s Courtyard theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. But neither Greer nor anyone else has said much about Melanie Jessop, who, when Frances Barber bashed her knee, was promoted from lowly roles to Goneril in Lear and Arkadina in The Seagull, by Chekhov. Sadly Jessop’s performances will not get the critical once-over because the press night has been postponed until Barber is back. Her Goneril is nasty, her Arkadina wanton, wayward and desperate. A University of Warwick blogger was impressed. “Every time she walked on to the stage she immediately took control, creating a larger-than-life persona designed to draw the eyes of cast and audience alike to herself.” ‘

I’m very flattered that they stumbled across my blog and actually included a snippet from it! Of course, I’m not actually named, which is slightly disappointing. If anyone else is thinking of quoting me- it’s Pete Kirwan. Kirwan with an ‘a’. Just in case. ;-)

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Peter Kirwan is Teaching Associate in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at the University of Nottingham and a reviewer of Shakespearean theatre for several academic journals.

The Bardathon is his experimental review blog, covering productions of (or based on) all early modern plays. The aim is to combine immediate reactions with the detail and analysis of the academic review.

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