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Pick of the Week – Much Ado About Comedy on BBC Radio 2

As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

As a part of the BBC’s exciting Shakespeare Festival BBC Radio 2’s Much Ado About Comedy (Wednesday 20th April, 10pm) speaks to a range of famous faces (or, in this case, voices!) about the lasting impact of Shakespearean comedy, and asks how adaptation and interpretation can ‘modernise’ the plays.

From the BBC:

Little Britain’s Matt Lucas explores Shakespeare’s comedies and asks if they have an influence on current humour. Today we interpret comedy from quite a different perspective than 400 years ago. Comedy then meant one with a happy ending…Shakespeare’s plays are seen as timeless because they deal with human issues still familiar today. His comedy themes provoke comic reactions – from romance, the words & their rhythms, to confusion & chaos through mistaken identity and cross-dressing. We’ll hear examples from his best known comedies.

Whilst this radio programme may be of obvious use to an English Literature lesson, the focus on how staging can influence audience interpretation would be of great use to a Drama or Performing Arts class.

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