After graduating from UCLA with a degree in English and a teaching credential, Bill Walthall returned to his hometown in Ventura County, California, to teach English and drama at Oxnard and Hueneme High Schools. Having spent a decade in the classroom, he took a year off to recharge his batteries, but was pulled into the private-sector rat race as a technology consultant.
In the last handful of years, however, he has rekindled his passion for literature and education. He launched his blog, The Bill / Shakespeare Project, where he brings not only a fun, accessible yet still scholarly approach to a play-by-play analysis of Shakespeare’s works, but also the latest and greatest in Willy Shakespeare headlines every week in his “This Week in Shakespeare” podcast.
This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes code-breaking Shakespeare scholar, contemporary connections to Measure for Measure, and a whole bunch of reviews. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.
It’s now fall and the time of good movies released to theaters (in theory), and this being a Friday, it’s time to take a look at a video version of our play under discussion. Thus, let’s take a look at The Tempest from the BBC’s Complete Works, an entry from 1980.
Sorry for the lack of posts–you know the story (btw, the subbing gig is going very well…having a great time working on short stories with my standard classes [getting ready to move into expository writing] and using GoodTickleBrain as inspiration for the Honors students’ examination of Fahrenheit 451). I’ve been watching some The Tempest videos in what downtime I can carve out, and it looks like in the coming weeks, I’ll be able to come up for air, which means I look to dive back into that play in a more active manner.
That said, today’s entry is something a little different…
OK, so usually on a Friday, I do a film/video review of a Shakespeare production… most often of the play we’re currently studying. Not today. Today, I’m going to rub my hands in giddy anticipation of an upcoming BBC production that goes into production later this month, with a projected broadcast/streaming release next year…
This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes: lots of non-Shakespeare Shakespeare, a new RSC production, and a spy . PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.