Horowhenua Chronicle

It’s Shakespear­e, sort of

- Pam Coleman Library Engagement Lead

‘To read or not to read, that is the question.” Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , welcomes The Ugly Shakespear­e Company next Monday, March 7, performing the play, The Dream. The Dream is the Ugly Shakespear­e Company’s (USC) take on that classic Shakespear­ian fantasy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Horowhenua’s three colleges have been invited by the library to attend the performanc­e.

It is perfect for an introducti­on to Shakespear­e for new audiences. It has all the original humour of this piece plus the USC’s own interpreta­tion in 50 easy minutes. Shakespear­e’s plays are no longer a compulsory requiremen­t, but they are still widely studied and performed. Shakespear­e wrote about timeless themes such as life and death, youth versus age, love and hate, fate and free will, to name but a few. With the constantly changing world we live in today, these themes are perhaps more relevant than they have ever been.

It’s impossible to discuss Shakespear­e’s impact on modern culture without talking about how he changed the English language. Not only did Shakespear­e teach us about ourselves and humanity, but he also invented around 1700 words which we still use in everyday English today. He often changed nouns into verbs, verbs into adjectives, connecting words together and coming up with wholly original ones too. There are countless phrases like this, including “love is blind” from

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

and “the green-eyed monster” from Othello.

If there’s one thing I took away from school, it’s that plays are meant to be seen, not read. And that’s doubly true for the works of William Shakespear­e, which can seem impossibly archaic on the page but are lively and hilarious when brought to life by actors. Far from stuffy and academic, Shakespear­e’s plays were written as bawdy, rousing entertainm­ent for the masses.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with it’s magic, romcom and slapstick, is one of Shakespear­e’s most performed works.

With it’s complex plots, it’s love and hatred between characters, it is just as

appealing as any typical Netflix comedy, romance movies that some of us tend to binge-watch.

“The course of true love never did run smooth” – this statement, made by Lysander at the beginning of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the most well-known lines from the play. Basically, it represents the trials and tribulatio­ns of love; the obstacles young love has to overcome, the complicati­ons of establishe­d love, and the victory of true love in the end.

And thus, I leave you with these words from Romeo and Juliet “Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow / That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

Saturday 10am-12.30pm Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom Heritage Room has the Research librarian available all day every Friday.

Friday March 24:

Friday Concert, Performanc­e, Main Space, Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , 12-1pm Cribbage Group, Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , 1-3.30pm

SeniorNet, Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 10am-12pm

Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , 2-4pm

Saturday March 25:

Hold that pose Vintage Cameras From The Studio To The Streets, FREE public talk by MAVtech, Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , 1-2.30pm

Sunday March 26:

Wha¯ nau Fun Time, The Youth Space, Te Takeretang­a o Kurahau-po¯ , 1-4pm

Sunday Concert Series, Performanc­e by Tandrom Gypsy, Te Takeretang­a o Kurahau-po¯ , 2pm

Hold that pose Vintage Cameras From The Studio To The Streets, FREE public talk by MAVtech, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 2-3.30pm

Monday March 27:

Storytime, Children's Library, Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , 10-10.30am

Meet Street, Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , 10am

H.U.G Horowhenua Ukulele Group, Main Space, Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , 11am-12pm

Knitting Classes, Shannon Library, 1-3pm

Ugly Shakespear­e Company presents – The Dream, Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , 6.30-7.30pm

Tuesday March 28:

Tea & Tales, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 10.30am Sewing Workshop, Shannon Library, 10.30am-12pm Justice of the Peace, Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , 11.30am-1.30pm

Really Alive Poets, Main Space, Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , 12-1pm

Wednesday March 29:

Crochet & Coffee Club, Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , 10.30am

Sewing workshop, Shannon Library, 10.30am-12pm Better Digital Futures – Digital Introducto­ry Pathway, Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , 1-3pm

Quiz Night, Te Takeretang­a o Kura-hau-po¯ , 7-9pm, $5 Thursday March 30: Summer Concert and Food Truck Series, Performanc­e from Sparkles, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 5.30-8pm

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