Much ado about the Bard’s birth-day

by Rashmee

Posted on April 25, 2021


/ TRAVELS IN MY MIND April 23 was Shakespeare’s birthday. Allegedly. No one really knows because there aren’t any records of his birth. However, the Holy Trinity church in Stratford-upon-Avon apparently records his baptism on April 26, 1564. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust says this means a birthday no later than April 23 because “captisms typically took … Continue reading “Much ado about the Bard’s birth-day”

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Immersive theatre Vs the real thing

by Rashmee

Posted on March 20, 2021


/FAITH, HOPE… An interesting experiment comes to an end today (March 20). The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) ‘Dream’, live immersive theatre on television screens in your living room, wraps up its high-tech stuff. So the virtual curtain comes down on a week of performances in which gaming technology and VR was used to allow audiences … Continue reading “Immersive theatre Vs the real thing”

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After Brexit, the French urge Europe to rethink the language of Shakespeare

by Rashmee

Posted on January 23, 2021


It’s not particularly surprising that the French sent up a trial balloon within a few weeks of Brexit. They’ve started to ask a crucial question: Why use English anymore to transact the business of Europe? With the British having left the club why should the 27 members of the European Union (EU) speak the language … Continue reading “After Brexit, the French urge Europe to rethink the language of Shakespeare”

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This second Elizabethan age is just as uncertain as the first. How we respond is up to us

by Rashmee

Posted on July 28, 2020 / The Focus


Like William Shakespeare, we live in an age of great uncertainty, King’s College law professor Lorenzo Zucca recently reminded us. It is a timely point, well made. For the Bard of Avon, the uncertainty was created by several big and weighty imponderables. There was the question of who would succeed the ‘Virgin Queen’, Elizabeth. There … Continue reading “This second Elizabethan age is just as uncertain as the first. How we respond is up to us”

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India, extra-judicial murder, and the theatre of public cruelty

by Rashmee

Posted on December 7, 2019


What a twisted way to approach justice. I’m referring, of course, to the response by some people to news that Indian police have shot dead the four men accused of the brutal gang rape of a young vet in Hyderabad. It’s hard to imagine how people can say “justice has been done” when the circumstances of the … Continue reading “India, extra-judicial murder, and the theatre of public cruelty”

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In Tunisia, the Season of Love. And London’s Summer of Love continues into autumn

by Rashmee

Posted on September 1, 2017


Don’t know if you feel it, but love is in fashion. As a branding exercise for live events. In the past two months, I’ve been to two different sets of love-branded ‘products’ in two different countries. In London, the Summer of Love at Shakespeare’s Globe. I happened to see ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, which is … Continue reading “In Tunisia, the Season of Love. And London’s Summer of Love continues into autumn”

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Shakespearean England was a theatre of cruelty. For 21st century India to become one is deeply sad

by Rashmee

Posted on July 1, 2017


Someone should invite Neil MacGregor to Lynchistan, sorry, India. The former director of the British Museum tells a salutary story about public cruelty in the age of Shakespeare. The tale is greatly enhanced by his description of one of the objects he uses to illustrate the subject. It is the eyeball of a Catholic priest … Continue reading “Shakespearean England was a theatre of cruelty. For 21st century India to become one is deeply sad”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK