Richard III project

Posted by Sulkyblue (11th May 2004, 21:57) -

A production of Richard III is being put together in the same way as is described in Jasper Fforde's Eyre Affair. Much like the Rocky Horror audience participation at the Prince Charles. Sounds like lots of fun!

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 karne ( 12th May 2004, 10:35, Rank: GSV )  reply

Utterly daft and very cool idea.

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 Siberman ( 13th May 2004, 10:36, Rank: Mentat )  reply

we shall have to go along at some point. Audience participation is good

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 karne ( 13th May 2004, 10:46, Rank: GSV )  reply

Yeah but my knowledge of Richard III sucks..

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 John Kirk ( 14th May 2004, 19:41, Rank: Patrician )  reply

The latest issue of "Soulsearchers & co" (a very funny parody of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", with supporting cast members like Inspector Lestrade) has an extended plug for Fforde's "Thursday Next" novels, "The Eyre Affair" being the first. To quote: Thursday operates as a chronal special-assignments agent in a world in which time/dimensional offenders must be faithfully controlled, or else every aspect of the past and future could be compromised. Among Thursday's personal watermarks in the first volume is her campaign to keep megavillain Acheron Hades from plucking characters out of classic, beloved works of fiction, thus altering the books' narratives and changing their conclusions forover. The fiend's main focus is keeping Jane Eyre apart from Mr Rochester, which Thursday vows to prevent.

I think the series (4 books so far) sounds quite interesting, so I'll look out for them. Mind you, looking at karne's comment above, I do think that you'll get more out of them if you've read the original novels. The same applies to "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (the comic rather than the film), and I haven't perhaps read as much classic literature as I should have done. Still, this may provide an appropriate incentive :)

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 Sulkyblue ( 14th May 2004, 23:12, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

The series is superb, 3 books have been published (not sure where my copies have ended up) and the 4th is due out in hardback (growl) in a couple of months. Yes you will get more if you've read the books that they reference, but there's a *lot* of books so it's doubtful you'll have read all of them. I haven't read most of the books they talk about (usually knowing about them, just not having read them) and still find them thoroughly enjoyable.

There's a reason I've been pushing to get Fforde as a Picocon guest.

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