SHAKESPEARE ALOUD

Titus Andronicus Act V, Scene 3 – Carving the Christmas Roast!

Oh this is a good one.  Who can resist indulging in the graphic and dripping language of the feast scene while carving a bloody roast straight out of the oven?  Well it was a pleasure and I highly recommend it.  If a little gross.  This scene is supposed to make you squirm, and the only thing I wish is that Shakespeare would have given us some more gutsy lines during the actual violence, a la Webster or Marlowe.  The actual explosion of violence is all too brief – sort of a Reservoir Dogs moment that quickly caps exquisitely-tuned tensions between almost every character.  Regardless, it is fitting the scene should be accompanied by the carving and serving of lumpy, bloody red flesh.

Enjoy!

 

 

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