So being immersed in In Soulilouy has left me with a Shakespeare detector that makes me jump around like an idiot when I find something that references him. This past week has been full of Romeo and Juliet.
1.Taylor Swift’s song Love Story
So, I’ve been listening a lot to Taylor Swift recently and this sickly sweet song got sugar hooks into my brain and I actually now genuinely love it. It’s a strange mix to be dreaming of our Juliet with this lurking in the background.
3 Small Angry Twitter Shakespeares because they get a happy ending and she says Romeo a lot.
2. Gnomeo and Juliet.
This was on BBC iPlayer and I could not resist. I actually chose to rewatch it. It’s totally better the second time round. I mean it just a winning combination of ridiculous puns and Elton John’s music and there is A TALKING SHAKESPEARE STATUE. And a flamingo (who’s love gets replaced by an online order…which is really creepy actually) – but a flamingo!
This gets 4 Small Angry Twitter Shakespeares as it is a delight and basically was made because someone *cough probably Elton John* came up with a pun and made a movie out of it.
3. Batman (1966 movie)
It is Shakespeare’s Bust that holds the key to the secret entrance to the Batcave. A lovely touch in an epic movie which I saw for the first time tonight and genuinely felt like I was being stalked by Shakespeare.
2 Small Angry Twitter Shakespeares because the Romeo and Juliet reference came when Bruce was falling for Kitkana (Cat Woman in disguise) and not using his brain at all but the bust is amazing!
4. The Blacklist – Season 3 – episode 20 – The Artax Network.
Almost spoiler for the most recent episode but this one made me cry. It was a direct quote and was just the right bit of text to be read at that moment.
4 Small Angry Twitter Shakespeares because it was delivered without any cleverness – just heart and that’s sometimes what is needed. ❤
5. Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries – season 1 – episode 11 – Blood and Circuses.
There’s a part when working out how the conspiracy has all come together when Phryne describes a person in the scenario as “come over all Romeo and Juliet” when he fakes his death using animal tranquilizers. It’s a lovely quip – especially as fans will know well Inspector Jack Robinson is a massive Shakespeare fan. I just rewatched this episode so this reference popped out.
3 Small Angry Twitter Shakespeares as it is witty and clever whilst being inclusive and fun for both the audience and for Jack.
6. Matilda – Naughty Song – by Tim Minchin.
I totally sang this at our Juliet when filming because it is awesome and wonderful and generally a pretty good rule for life. Being stuck in a story where you are doomed lovers sucks so get out of it pronto!
3 Small Angry Twitter Shakespeares because it is adorable and has a great message as well as asking the main question I had when I first read the play – I’m sure they could have worked out a better plan, no?
7. Juliet In Souliloquy
With our Juliet I had a clear idea of what she was saying and why she was saying it. The idea of eternal love is romantic yes, but in eternity what might this mean for two very young people when one of them is a bit of an idiot. It always felt to me that Romeo and Juliet was a waste of life and how heartbreaking would it be if she relised that.
5 Small Angry Twitter Shakespeares* for Fern who surprises so much in this performance as those words flew out of Juliet’s soul.
When you write something and it comes back at you in a way that catches your breath and changes your understanding that’s pretty special. Hopefully that’s what William Shakespeare feels like when we take his Romeo and Juliet and make it anew. Whether it’s sung or quipped or said with great regret or humour – it’s a play that’s here to stay.
*You are surprised we got 5 Small Angry Twitter Shakespeares? She who rights the list makes the rules!