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What is Iambic Pentameter anyway?

 

I wanted to write a piece about how to get started; how to become at ease with this form of verse. In workshops on the topic it often would help to practise using words one made up oneself. But as I got into writing this blog it began, to take on a life of its own and on to the page, came two people out on a date named Kit and Kat, one male, one female, perhaps, but which one was what? I’d let the verse decide what happened next and that’s when this waiter chap turns up to interject. He tries to explain to Kit what Kat is attempting. I want the waiter to help but to my surprise, he calls himself Will and then claims to own the whole restaurant, then he suddenly falls for Kit when he looks in her eyes. Poor Kat, poor well-meaning Kat is getting pushed out, but when it turns nasty he gives as good as he gets. Kit takes control with a challenge to settle the score, to stop all the insults, the talking and fighting and more. Kit is out on a date to have dinner and chat, and chat furthermore with her date and her date is Kat. I think maybe Will in the background can see all of this. He has to find some way to get them to finally kiss. By making Kat jealous then suddenly running away, he hopes Kat will do something, say something, act, seize the day. But as it so often turns out when one tries to control the characters on the page acting out various roles, it’s they seize the steering wheel, they write their endings and then, instead of by you what emerges is something by them.

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Oh and, by the way, the insults are all, genuine, Shakespearean humdingers. Enjoy.

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[Ed. In the script window below, you can scroll up and down the pages of the script, using the arrows in the toolbar, and zoom in and out.  The toolbar is at both the top and bottom of the script window.]

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Before you go, we re-start play-reading in September, for our fourth year, and we’re hoping some other groups around the world will join us play-reading Macbeth or some other play. You can find out more about this initiative by looking at our checklist of activities to prepare for the play-reading:
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Let’s play!

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Eliza Langland
Editor
Players-Shakespeare.com

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