Malaprop and Frobscottle

Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —

Emily Dickinson

Where would we be without the joys of the arts?

In the last ten days we’ve walked awhile with William Shakespeare’s best known lovers; and with Carole King who assures ‘You just call out my name’; and with Sophie, the BFG and frobscottle supplies; and with Mrs Malaprop (he is the very pine-apple of politeness; … lead the way and we’ll precede) in Richard Sheridan’s 1775 The Rivals.

Each has shown us, slant, something of human nature in others – and in ourselves.

Lily and Freddy

Freddy Fox and Lily James had an entire audience holding their breath as Romeo and Juliet at London’s Garrick Theatre tonight. Beautifully refurbished in 2015 the theatre has become home to Kenneth Branagh’s Theatre Company, and will doubtless be a means by which many become hooked on William Shakespeare’s brilliance. I imagine the Bard himself would deem Lily James, Freddy Fox, Derek Jacobi, and the entire company, faultless.

Juliet’s nurse responds to the good Friar Laurence in Act 3 Scene 3 with

O Lord, I could have stayed here all the night
To hear good counsel. Oh, what learning is!

And just so, spellbound, it was with us.