18 December 2014

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Kiz: ‘The first parcel of Christmas presents has arrived… I might need to think about getting sorted…’

RSC doorway with signs

Sooze: ‘Amanda kindly gave me her press night tickets for The Shoemaker’s Holiday. I’ve never heard of it: it was written by Shakespeare’s contemporary, Dekker, in 1599. I read the synopsis and background info in advance, and I worked with the director Philip Breen when he was AD to Nancy Meckler – I was convinced I’d enjoy it. But it was so poor, we left at the interval. Pantomime-shouty acting, unfunny gags you’re asked to laugh at again and again, a story that never really gets going. The morris dance was the final straw. The direction was one issue but the main problem was the writing: I just didn’t care about the characters and the language was nowhere near as clever as we’re used to from Shakespeare. There’s a reason why WS is the top dog.’

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