11 December 2011 - Mind your trust

posted 11th Dec 2011, 7:33 AM

11 December 2011 - Mind your trust
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11th Dec 2011, 7:33 AM

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The only time I've ever seen "The Scottish Play" in production was when I was in university. (My wife - then girlfriend - was on her first university show as one of the costume assistants and the blood wrangler.)

It was, in the director's phrasing, a "black, white, and red" show - everyone in black, a stage of raw white burlap, and a lot of fake blood. Every time someone was killed in the play, especially when offstage, a pot of blood up in the rafters tipped and spilled a fair measure of blood in the centre of the stage. I can't recall if the accounts of rebels put to death warranted blood or not, but you've got the king, his bodyguards, and Banquo to spur on the bleeding.

And then you get to this scene, and for the second witch's summoning, she drops to the stage on her knees, whips out a knife, and draws the blade through the bloody patch. Up from the trapdoor beneath comes the director's daughter, thoroughly daubed in blood and intoning these words. The imagery is perfect if you know how the play ends. (Try not to spoiler anyone who's not read it, okay?)

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11th Dec 2011, 8:25 AM

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All you need now is for a time-travelling eccentric chap in a tall blue box to show up and start interrupting proceedings with a "sonic" something-or-other! :D

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12th Dec 2011, 4:59 AM

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Hard as it may be to believe, but I've never seen more than five consecutive minutes of "Doctor Who" in my life. I really should have gotten in on it back in '05 when it started up again. Someday...

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12th Dec 2011, 10:50 AM

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Well, that basically means you could throw out anything that's exactly like what the Doctor would do, and do a customized version of him that suits your plotlines a lot more! ;)

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13th Dec 2011, 1:00 PM

Bricks of the Dead

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I'm happy to live in a world where "Blood Wrangler" can be someone's job title. Sure, there are a lot of problems in the world, but this puts me in a warm, happy place.

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14th Dec 2011, 5:05 AM

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@BV - I can imagine few things more challenging and difficult than to present one's impression of a profoundly fannish cult (in North America, anyhow) phenomenon which one knows little more than "TARDIS", "Exterminate!", and the clip with William Shakespeare hitting on the Doctor. Still, could be fun!

@BOTD - There's another backstage role for your Friday strips, hm? I can't recall if that was the exact title or not, but the techies did have fun re-vamping their job titles. The best ever was "props dominatrix" instead of "props mistress."

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