‘Eaten me out of house and home’
‘Forever and a day’
‘Wear my heart upon my sleeve’
We’ve all heard one or all of these saying before. But did you know where they came from? Who was the first person to say or write them?
These are just some of the common phrases made popular by the great playwright and wordsmith William Shakespeare!
Ever eat a meal so delicious that the only was the describe it was to say it was “a dish fit for the gods!”
Did your parents ever get so exasperated at your siblings (not you, of course) you hear them say “for goodness sake!”
Yep, that came from Shakespeare.
Every knows a good “Knock Knock, who’s there” joke!
That phrase came from Shakespeare too!
Going on a “wild goose chase”!
Yep, you guessed it. Shakespeare.
Celebrating Shakespeare with the Abbey Medieval House Troupe!
23rd April 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and while the Bard may be ‘dead as a doornail’ (another one, thanks William!), his contributions to literature, theatre and the English language are immense and still celebrated today.
To mark this anniversary, the volunteers of Abbey Medieval House Troupe have been hard at work over the past few months developing and rehearsing a tribute to Shakespeare. Sorting through his plays to find a mere sample of gems to perform has proved to be an endeavour not for the ‘faint hearted’ (they just keep coming!). However the Troupe have managed to narrow it down to a select few including, but not limited to Macbeth, King Lear, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and of course, Romeo and Juliet.
We cannot ignore the line we are dancing on with historical accuracy here, the Abbey Medieval Festival celebrates the Middle Ages, specifically Europe and the Middle East from 600 – 1600AD, thankfully for us we just touch on the English renaissance, and ‘as good luck would have it’ many of Shakespeare’s works are believed to have been penned in the late 1500s.