Category Archives: Plays

Visual Memory – King Lear Part 1

So I was bored during Spanish.  Desperately bored.  I suck at languages (unless, of course, it’s from Middle Earth), and when I get bored-slash-feel hopelessly inadequate, I doodle.  A lot.  Today, my pen chose King Lear.  So I started drawing little comic strips to help me remember major plot points and situations I found amusing.  I thought maybe I could go for some badge points, and I’m going to try to get through the whole play.  Ready for some silly, weirdly drawn comics? Let’s do this!

Timing, Gloucester. Timing.
Timing, Gloucester. Timing.
Lear is not quite in his right mind...
Lear is not quite in his right mind… Wrong movie, Dad.
You've gotta not be twisted if you want to walk with the Queen.
You cannot be twisted if you want to walk with the Queen. Also, France is the real winner here.
The sisterly love is overwhelming
The sisterly love is overwhelming

So there you have it… The first part of King Lear in… what? Ten seconds? Maybe I’ll try to finish up the rest of the play… I will always prioritize Shakespeare over Spanish. 😉

Writing: Reshuffle

Reshuffle of Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and King Lear. Romeo’s sanity is in question.
It is somewhat dramatic (as Romeo is in it), but overall it is not much so. I’ve also cut out some of their lines within their speech to make it an easier read (and to hopefully make more sense out of the scene). I was thinking of adding more, maybe I will later.

Enter Clown, Romeo, Mercutio, Kent and Fool.

CLOWN: Will you make me believe that I am not sent for you?

ROMEO: Tut, I have lost myself; I am not here;
This is not Romeo, he’s some other where.

CLOWN: I prithee now, ungird thy strangeness.

MERCUTIO: Ah, that same pale hard-hearted wench, that Rosaline.
Torments him so, that he will sure run mad.

CLOWN: Out, hyperbolical fiend! How vexest thou this man! Talkest thou nothing but of ladies?

ROMEO: Why, such is love’s transgression.
Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,
Which thou wilt propagate, to have it prest
With more of thine: this love that thou hast shown
Doth add more grief to too much of mine own.
Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
Being vex’d a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears:
What is it else? a madness most discreet,
A choking gall and a preserving sweet.

KENT: I cannot conceive you.

ROMEO: He that is strucken blind cannot forget
The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.
Farewell: thou canst not teach me to forget.

CLOWN: Madman, thou errest: I say, there is no darkness
but ignorance; in which thou art more puzzled than
the Egyptians in their fog.

KENT: Trouble him not, his wits are gone.

FOOL: This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen.

Twelfth Night

Hello everyone,


I think that Shakespear is a lot easier to understand through media ! Especially twelfth night since it was supposed to be acted out, so here is the link to Twelfth Night movie. Movie follows the play quite well except for some small instances (i.e. at the beginning of the movie they show Viola’s survival from the shipwreck first).

King Lear by Theatre Calgary

In February we will be covering adaptations and productions of King Lear. These productions will be audio and video (here), but I also want to encourage you to attend Theatre Calgary’s performance of King Lear.

We’ve managed to negotiate a reduced price for English 205 students. So really, how can you pass this up? Continue reading King Lear by Theatre Calgary