Cry God for Harry, England and St George

Apparently we beat France at rugby last night, and we seem to be getting rather good at it. Surprising since we’re now officially the most obese nation in Europe.

I was intrigued to read that ITV drafted in Geoffrey Streatfeild from the RSC to reprise his role as Henry V and get us all fired up with the Agincourt speech. Seems it did the trick. Is this the dawn of a new era as RSC seek new avenues to make the Bard relevant to contemporary society and its concerns?

Take the obesity crisis. A line in Hamlet comes to mind (okay, slightly tweaked). “Oh, that this too, too solid flesh would melt, Form and resolve itself into a dew.” The RSC endorses liposuction? Who could possibly bring off such a gig? He’d have to be skinny, sexy, high-profile, and ideally connected with Hamlet (scratches head).

One thought on “Cry God for Harry, England and St George

  1. I’ve taught Henry V as a SATS set text to a class of low-achieving boys and got them to role play the pre-battle scenes as if they were managers and players at a football match. Worked a treat. I had kids who could barely even write quoting Shakespeare in the corridors to each other. It’s called thinking outside the box, I say… ;)

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