9th June 2021

Real life and drama are conditions best left at different sides of the proscenium arch, once mixed the chance of any act making sense beyond an unacceptable degree of surrealism is highly unlikely. There is a certain propensity for this base life rule to be ignored, for the most commonplace of events to take on a wholly unnecessary tragic, dramatic, or comedic turn, presenting a simple daily interaction as a four-act production with overly ostentatious emotional and expressive thespianism.

   Jaques most poignant monologue from, ’As You Like It’, is probably more repeated than any other stock Shakespearean verse, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances;”. Unfortunately, the truth behind the cunningly sculptured turn of phrase is sadly missed. Jaques quite correctly conjectures than humans participate in reality as if playing a part in a theatrical production, without attending consequence or verisimilitude, becoming enraptured by histrionics, spurning the factual.

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