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Shakespeare Night—The Britsoc Thespians Shake Up Haarlem

“This is a way to kill a wife with kindness, And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humor. He that knows better how to tame a shrew, Now let him speak; ’tis charity to show.”

For those who stayed at home watching the telly, you missed an unforgettable Shakestravaganza. A delightful hotchpotch of English poetry, comedy monologues, stories, songs, quotes, puns and jokes. Lavished upon the unsuspecting throng by bawdy readings from our Britsoc Bravehearts.

“Once more into the feast” 

These eclectic readings were made brave by a sumptuous and brave seven course meal. Washed down by fine blood red wine. Chef Mike’s poetry on a plate prepared the unsuspecting souls for Paul Huxley’s cunning plan — to get everyone up to read the Taming of the Shrew.

And what a memorable set of performances.

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Off with his head

A small gang of sworn enemies of the current Britsoc chairman Stephen Huyton acted out a small scene from Richard III. By mistake they accidentally chopped his head off and served it on a platter. Symbolic, I’m told, of the passing of the ceremonial sword between the outgoing chairman to the incoming Britsoc chairman Ian Cherington.The head is real, but the blood is fake.

“Booo! Rotten Tomatoes” 

It was alas the last time we shall hold Shakespeare Night at Ma Brown’s in Haarlem.

Fear ye not, neither be afraid:

Next year is the Bard’s 450th Birthday, so a new venue will, must, has to be, found. Ideas?


By John Richardson, Digital Editor Britsoc Zine and Webmaster