Hamlet – the video blogger

Date: 2007
Posted by: LivingPassion
Credits: Filmed by Stefani Waters
Cast: Stefani Waters (Hamlet)
Duration: 4.32

American student and vlogger Stefani Waters decides to make a switch from reporting the personal to the camera to reciting Shakespeare. She gives readings of the soliloquies ‘I have of late, but wherefore I know not’ and ‘To be or not to be’ from Hamlet, in the same confessional mode as she does for her regular vlogs. The renditions are fine, every word heavy with meaning, the eyes at time engaged with the camera, at other times needing to look away. How curious it is that speeches that were designed for delivery to a theatre filled with people work so naturally in this intimate one-to-one setting. But it’s not really curious at all. The theatre for Shakespeare was only a means to an end, which was to speak to an audience. The more we experience Shakespeare outside the theatre’s narrow confines the better.

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Shakespeare on Fantasy Football

Date: 2006
Posted by: crozzi
Credits: Created by Chris Rozzi
Cast: Chris Rozzi (William Shakespeare)
Duration: 2.08

Were William Shakespeare alive today, would he be blogging? Of course he would, and he’d probably become so engrossed by its spurious attractions that he’d never get round to writing any plays. Whether his blog, or vlog, would be like this one, who can say? I like to think that it might have been. American comedian Chris Rozzi portrays Shakespeare as posting his ‘semi-daily’ thoughts on modern living. Here, Shakespeare is baffled by the modern absurdity that is fantasy football. Elsewhere, Shakespeare tells us about the worst job he ever had (dancer in a jail cafeteria), on the need to teach children to fight (because when adults they’ll just want to hug), on professional wrestling (not Olympic wrestling, that’s just embarassing), his new diet plan (you’d only be able to eat in the shower) and agonising on why no one watches his vlogs. And there are several more. Gentle, silly humour with astute timing.

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Chris Rozzi’s Outre Island website