Subject: ENGL20033 Shakespeare in Performance
2 Comments on ENGL20033 Shakespeare in Performance
David McInnis is one of the most informed lecturers I've ever had, and you can see how much his passion for Shakespeare drives him within this subject. It was a really inclusive environment and we were able to share lots of ideas online and talk to a variety of classmates on their ideas. It fell short in the assignment instructions which weren't always clear enough. Reviews and performance analysis' are different. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed this subject, the performance element entertaining and engaging, I felt that it was sometimes lacking something.
This is one of the best English subjects I have ever encountered at The University of Melbourne. David McInnis is a brilliant lecturer, and his passion for the subject really shines through within his insightful observations and humour. The assignments were actually really interesting, as you have the opportunity to perform excerpts of Shakespeare in groups while self-consciously adapting the material to highlight different aspects of the work - and it can be really out-there like Macbeth set in the Soviet Union or Hamlet as a paranoid thriller. I also really enjoyed the assessment where you had the opportunity to write a directorial pitch for a show, as it really allowed me to demonstrate everything I had learned about adaptation within Shakespeare. This is definitely not a subject for Shakespeare purists, or dry text analysis. Instead, this is very much situated within the performance context, which I personally really enjoyed.