OPEN[PLAY]The Birth of Merlin by Shakespeare and Rowley - thw

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Post by ToddHW » July 30th, 2020, 4:24 am

The Birth of Merlin: The Childe Hath Found His Father by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) and William Rowley (1585-1626).

Merlin. King Arthur. War betwist British and Saxons. Uther Pendragon. Collapsing castle foundations, Magicians and spirits and fighting dragons and a blazing comet. Good entertaining stuff.

But is it Shakespeare?

The 1662 first edition of this play says it was written by William Shakespeare and William Rowley. It doesn't appear that anyone any longer believes that Shakespeare was actually involved, and probably this is entirely Rowley - who co-authored plays with a fair number of other authors of the period. Rowley also acted in London troupes, including Shakespeare's The King's Players, often in low comedy Clown parts he wrote for himself such as is found in this play.
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  • Not sure what to do this weekend? Finished all the recording for the many other plays on offer? Well then, howsabout a (probably) fake Shakespeare? From a book of the best 14 (!) fakes - who knows, we might do more of them later...

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      This paragraph is temporary and will be replaced by the MC with the list of sections and reader (Magic Window) once this project is in the admin system.
      • Project Code: 7X6pBPVn
      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (William Shakespeare) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare
      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (William Rowley) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rowley
      • Link to title on Wikipedia (if available): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birth_of_Merlin
      • Number of sections (files) this project will have: 91
      • Does the project have an introduction or preface [y/n]: No
      • Original publication date (if known): 1662
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        Genres for the project: Plays/Drama

        Keywords that describe the book: King Arthur, merlin, pendragon, shakespeare fake

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        At the end: End of Act [#]. At end of play, add "End of The Birth of Merlin: The Childe Hath Found His Father", by William Shakespeare and William Rowley

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        Save files as 128 kbps MP3
        birthofmerlin_[role]_[#]_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the act number.



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      Thanks, Todd

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Post by Availle » July 30th, 2020, 4:33 am

Oh, how interesting - with the devil being Merlin's father... :shock:

Could I do Lucina - Queen of the Shades please? I wonder how she's involved. :mrgreen:
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Post by ToddHW » July 30th, 2020, 4:47 am

This certainly caught my eye. Enjoy.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by Kitty » July 30th, 2020, 4:53 am

signing up for Merlin's mum (possibly the most important character in the Arthurian legends :lol: ) and getting this on my DPL list.

How anybody could believe this is Shakespeare is a mystery to me :shock:

I see I have you as my abusive brother, Todd ... oh my... you will surely enjoy getting your pay-back for all the underdog vicars, brothers, husbands, etc... all throughout the years

Sonia

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Post by alanmapstone » July 30th, 2020, 5:42 am

May I read Merlin?
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Post by ToddHW » July 30th, 2020, 7:09 am

Kitty wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 4:53 am

How anybody could believe this is Shakespeare is a mystery to me :shock:

Sonia
Look at the title page (back one page from the text link). How could it possibly be wrong?

Thanks, Todd

(Oh, yes, and that pay-back thing. We'll see....)

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Post by alanmapstone » July 30th, 2020, 7:20 am

ToddHW wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 7:09 am
Kitty wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 4:53 am
How anybody could believe this is Shakespeare is a mystery to me :shock:
Look at the title page (back one page from the text link). How could it possibly be wrong?
But this was not published until 50 years after Shakespeare's death :hmm: How could anyone know by then?
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Post by alanmapstone » July 30th, 2020, 7:23 am

I note that Merlin is referred to as
" A Childe born with a beard on his face" :hmm:
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Post by silverquill » July 30th, 2020, 7:52 am

Something from the darkside.
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Post by alanmapstone » July 30th, 2020, 8:03 am

Todd wrote:
"Not sure what to do this weekend? Finished all the recording for the many other plays on offer? Well then, howsabout a (probably) fake Shakespeare? From a book of the best 14 (!) fakes - who knows, we might do more of them later..."

Edward III and Two Noble Kinsmen have been done on LV. Arden of Feversham is a good play (I saw it at Stratford) and Sir John Oldcastle would be fun (the original Falstaff)
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Post by ToddHW » July 30th, 2020, 8:31 am

Yeah, there is a good (opinionated) intro in the book as to which of the plays are likely any good. As well as descriptions of all the other fakes that are not in the magic 14 included.

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Post by pschempf » July 30th, 2020, 10:42 am

May I play the devil? :twisted:
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Post by ToddHW » July 30th, 2020, 11:45 am

Thank you.

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Post by Kitty » July 31st, 2020, 5:28 am

first roles in ! Here is Merlin's mum ! The poor woman spends the first acts looking desperately for the father of her child...in the end she didn't get what she bargained for :? gave me a cool opportunity to be dramatic in the final act though :lol: Also I'm not always too sweet with you, brother, so take care how you talk to me ! :evil:

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/birthofmerlin_joan_2_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 2:57 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/birthofmerlin_joan_3_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 3:05 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/birthofmerlin_joan_4_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 1:29 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/birthofmerlin_joan_5_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 1:40 min.

Sonia

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