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tv   Living Shakespeare  BBC News  January 2, 2017 3:30pm-4:01pm GMT

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this evening. we have had lots of sunshine around in england and wales. there is still some cloud around in north scotland and one or two showers for the north and northern ireland. this cloud will push its way further south overnight. ahead of it, the risk of icy patches especially in central and southern england where there will be a frost overnight. temperatures may lift in northern england and it should be milderfor tuesday in scotland and northern ireland. there will be some showers and west of scotland and northern ireland and some showers from northern england and wales. more cloud in england and wales than we have had today. a cold day after the frosty start. further north, temperatures in scotland and northern ireland should be higher than today. this is bbc news. the headlines. a second girl has died following a hit—and—run
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incident on new year's eve. zaneta krokova died in hospital this morning. her cousin helina kotlarova died at the scene in oldham, greater manchester. four men have been arrested. anti—terror police in turkey say they've arrested eight people in connection with the new year's attack on a nightclub in istanbul which left 39 people dead. the suspected gunman is still thought to be at large. rail passengers are facing higher fares across the uk as average price increases of 2.3% are introduced on the first weekday of the new year. i think it's a disgrace particularly because the railways aren't that efficient. there's always delays. jeremy corbyn could step down if labour's fortunes do not improve before the next general election in 2020, according to unite union leader len mccluskey. now on bbc news all the world really
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is a stage as the bbc world service presents a series of stories about sha kespeare‘s impact across the globe. the web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together. they're here, in chinese, russian,japanese, hindi, but the impact of shakespeare's works around the world can be proven in more than just 1,000 translations. he was born right here, right inside this house in stratford—upon—avon. in the 1600s, that's about a 3—day horse ride from london and from this quintessentially english scene, hundreds of stories have unfolded that have resonated the world over
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for the past four centuries. we'll tell five such amazing stories from influentialfigures in china, south africa, lebanon, india and the uk. but there's a difference. for the people you're about to hear from, sha kespeare‘s influence is more than a touchstone for universal experiences. his stories relate to specific events in their everyday lives. in a moment we'll head to china, where we hear about the power of the once forbidden shakespeare. but first we go to south africa, where actor doctorjohn kani talks about the danger of playing 0thello during apartheid. arise, black vengeance, from thy hollow cell.
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even today, 0thello still makes people uncomfortable. the story of the black general turned murderer through jealousy tackles racism head on. i was fully aware of the risk of playing this part in apartheid south africa. but in 1987, when i was offered the role, i could not refuse. she loved me for the dangers i had passed.
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and i loved her that she did pity them. this only is the witchcraft i have used. it was an opportunity to bring the relationship between black and white to the stage. i remember that when we walked out the audience shouted at us as we kissed on the stage. the struggle against apartheid was bitter and violent. dozens lost their lives. during the rehearsals, there was a tense atmosphere. but 0thello at the market theatre opened to rave reviews. “119911, i was 51 years when i voted for the first time in my life.
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i still walk about with those 51 years of horror. things have changed in south africa. 0thello is a play which is woven into the struggle for equality in south africa. when we look at shakespeare he affirms in us the equality of all human beings. black, white, male, female. let husbands know their wives have sense like them, they see and smell and have their palates both for sweet and sour, as husbands have. 0ver these 22 years of our
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democracy, i look back at where we've come from. have we done enough to make a society which has space for 0thello and desdemona where they won't be persecuted? but words are words, i never yet did hear that the bruised heart was pierced through the ears. despite wanting to be a nonracial society, i don't think we're there yet. this is sometimes my fear in 0thello, that iago, the villain, his fate is unclear. desdemona is murdered, 0thello kills himself but iago is arrested and taken away. that bothers me. that somehow shakespeare leaves racism alive. but i have hope. it was at a moment in 1987
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i realised the power of the arts, the power of theatre as a force for change. over the years, many celebrated actors have come here to stratford, shakespeare's home, to perform his plays. but it was while performing his greatest tragedy thousands of miles away that a bollywood actor came to identify with one of his most troubled characters. we know what we are but know not what we may be. as a divorced bollywood actress living in mumbai, life's a balancing act. between being famous and wanting a personal life, being seen as sexy
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while retaining my dignity. and india both applauds and castigates me. near the beginning of william sha kespeare‘s most famous tragedy, hamlet, we are introduced to 0phelia. she's an innocent, chaste girl, and potential spouse for the prince of denmark. yet 0phelia struggles with the conflict of being her brother's sweet sister, and hamlet‘s breeder of sinners. this is the dilemma facing india's women. we are all modern 0phelias. by some, we are expected to be traditional and pure. i shall obey, my lord. while by others, we are encouraged to be independent and sultry. lady, shall i lie in your lap?
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no, my lord. do you think i meant country matters? there is conflict and confusion in our minds. and these pressures can become unbearable. a social worker abused by men blames herself and takes her own life. another is raped and killed on a delhi bus. she is questioned for what she is wearing, and shamed for being out late at night. for 0phelia, it becomes quite impossible for her not to disappoint all the men in her life. it ends in her suicide. god has given you one face, and you make yourselves another. music: "breathe me" by sia.
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these women died because they were caught between desire and expectation. i do enjoy the dazzling glare of bollywood, but sometimes i don't know who i'm supposed to be. in hamlet, i can't ignore the agony of 0phelia. just as we can't ignore the tragedies unfolding around us every day. in indian society, there are limitations. but there is liberation too. i'm hopeful for an 0phelia who doesn't drown in the river, but swims strongly to the other side. 0h, woe is me to have seen what i have seen. see what i see. shakespeare's plays may be written in words, but in a moment, we'll hear how it was the imagery
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and themes that chimed with a dance group during the lebanon civil war. next, though, it is the qualities of his language that enable a deaf musician to hear. chimes. your tales, sir, would cure deafness. when it comes to the works of william shakespeare, ifind myself seeing his tales through sounds. it's a subject close to my heart, as i am a musician whojust happens to be profoundly deaf. when i read the tempest, the words
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positively shout sound to me. shakespeare entices us into the play using sound to colour his characters. waves crash. the play is a vibrant mix of noises and sounds of the land and sea and wind and sun. and sea and wind and surf. to cry to the sea that roared to us, to sigh to the winds whose pity, sighing back again, did us but loving wrong. lines like these take me back to my homeland in aberdeenshire, where a walk on the cliffs would force me to face the wind so that i could feel the sound on my cheeks. i have found a way to substitute my hearing loss. i immerse myself into the senses
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within my skin, bones and muscles. i'm tempted to replicate sound colours from the play through my percussion instruments as i hear the words spoken by the characters. in the plotting between antonio and sebastian, ifeel the breath of whispers in the night. here lies your brother, no better than the earth he lies upon. there is drama in the tales of storms and drowning. i saw him beat the surges under him and ride upon their backs. he trod the water whose enmity he flung aside.
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anxiety builds and pounds upon my chest cavity until ariel sings a warning. shake off, slumber, and beware — awake, awake. perhaps the use of sound colours is what we most enjoy as the play unfolds. i wonder if shakespeare knew what i have discovered — that the whole body can hear? sometimes a thousand twangling instruments will hum about my ears. come now.
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what masks, what dances shall we have? music plays. caracalla is a family, a dance company that unites in a country that has seen too much conflict and pain. my father, who founded caracalla almost 15 years ago, always believed that shakespeare spent his so—called missing my father, who founded caracalla almost 50 years ago, always believed that shakespeare spent his so—called missing years in the middle east. we really recognise his voice in lebanon. hold — six, seven, eight. in 1990, during the final months of the civil war, fighting forced the company from our homes. as a family, we retreated
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from beirut and travelled up into the chouf mountains. so it was here in the mountain palace of beit ed—dine with explosions and gunfire just a short drive away that we devised our legendary dance production of shakespeare's midsummer night's dream. confined by war, the palace provided a haven for caracalla, while the barouk forest, a place of inspiration. out of this wood, do not desire to go. thou shalt remain here whether thou wilt or no. here in the forest, we could forget about conflict. what better place to recreate our midsummer night's dream? to transport shakespeare's tale of love and magic into dance, we found the thread of the story,
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inspired by these trees. words became movements. in our production, barouk is our mystical forest, and the fairies are enchanted genies. their mischief causes chaos. lord, what fools these mortals be. in lebanon today, for meddling fairies we have political leaders. we are merely their playthings. when the company finally performed midsummer night's dream in the summer of 1990, it heralded a time of peace. like the works of shakespeare, dance is a magical language. and it's how we can change our reality. are you sure that we are awake?
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it seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream. aaron: i continue to marvel at the power of shakespeare 400 years after his death. as the films illustrate, it always appears possible to tie the issues of the modern world to his works, whether in tragedy or comedy, good times or bad. this is why the world continues to live shakespeare. and this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees and books in running brooks. sermons and stones and good in everything. i would not change it. to find out more about the essays
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featured in this series, go to the website: follow the links to the open university and the british council. good afternoon. it's a bright and dry bank holiday monday for many out there. plenty of wintry sunshine but with clear skies we are in for a chilly story overnight. here is the sat lie picture showing clear skies for much of the country. a few showers around parts of eastern england, scotland, into the north of
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wales. here is the scene in derbyshire captured by one of our weather watchers over the last few hours. similar scenes up and down the country, blue skies, moving through this evening and overnight not everywhere staying dry. we will continue to see a feed of one or two showers for western scotland and northern ireland. inland the odd icy stretch and temperatures really plummeting. first thing tuesday these are the temperatures in towns and cities. in the countryside could be as low as minus four or five. particularly through central and southern parts of england. tuesday dawns on a chilly note but let's look around the country. if you are heading back to work tuesday this is 8.00. more cloud. elsewhere across northern ireland and northern england mostly dry, just a little drizzle over the hills. further south and east you have clearer skies holding on so a cold frosty start here. the odd misty patch around first thing in the morning. asimilar around first thing in the morning. a similar picture to the south—east too. after that fairly chilly start
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too. after that fairly chilly start to tuesday things will turn milder from the north—west. you can see cloud amounts building here through the day. some rain across northern scotla nd the day. some rain across northern scotland and also windy here epping up scotland and also windy here epping up to the shetland isles. further south more sunshine, lighter winds too. a reasonably pleasant enough day. temperatures five or six towards the south but a milder seven 01’ towards the south but a milder seven or eight where you have that cloud coming in from the north—west. through into the early hours of wednesday we see this frontal system pushing south across the uk, that opens the doors for cold air to move in during wednesday. it will be a particularly affecting parts of eastern scotland and eastern england, here we have this northerly breeze coming in, so it will feel chilly where you are exposed to that breeze. further west lighter winds and it will feel milder too. most places looking dry through the day on wednesday with temperatures between five to nine for most. things staying relatively settled with high pressure in charge right through to the end of the week. for
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thursday into friday increasing amounts of cloud, perhaps some rain towards the north and the west by the time we end the week. but over the time we end the week. but over the next few days it's mostly dry but watch out for some frosty nights to come. this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh. the headlines at 4.00pm. a second girl has died following a hit and run in 0ldham on new year's eve. four men are being questioned by police. funerals for victims of the istanbul nightclub gun attack — so—called islamic state says it was behind the shootings. photos of the main suspect are released by istanbul police, who say they've detained eight people. police say a 23—year—old man has been killed in a house fire started deliberately in glasgow. his partner is in a critical condition in hospital. railfares are going up by an average of 2.3% —
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the government says it's to pay for modernisation — rail groups say it's a "kick in the teeth" for passengers. also: the first wave of so—called garden villages, in england,
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