Monthly Archives: June 2012


Jan, Izabela and Becka – working on the translation



We’re working on The Winter’s Tale in three languages – English, Czech and Polish, and trying to incorporate all three into the overall story telling. It’s a fascinating process to see how the shifting between languages can not only perform the principal function of keeping audiences up to speed with the narrative, but can also have a dramatic function. We’ve associated our two countries – Poland and the Czech Republic – with the Sicilia and Bohemia of Shakespeare’s text, so that immediately gives a focus to who speaks what language. And of course we need to work with the language skills of our participants – it’s quite humbling to work with community participants who can switch with some facility from Czech to English and then Polish, while the creative team muddle along in one language.

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