Perhaps I got a little too excited by the BBC’s Hollow Crown series, since for this week’s post I headed for the liberties with Erik Johnson to act out some Shakespeare in the forest. My only previous Shakespeare roll was that of a horse in the Taming of the Shrew back in high school, and my lines consisted of galloping sounds made with coconut shells, so it was a bit of a jump in complexity to deliver my own interpretation of the famous monologue the series is named for.
This video is also an exercise in one of my favorite meditative activities: Making rock towers. For as long as I can remember, stacking cairns has been a way to enjoy a location and do a physical activity that clears the mind and hones focus, yet requires nothing more than what I find in my surroundings. Where do you go, and what do you do to clear your mind and find creative focus?
For the sake of drama, Erik and I gathered some additional props: A white rabbit fur hat for a crown, an umbrella for a scepter, a black bandana for an ascot, and we set out for the green world. The world we found, however, was not as green or pristine as we had envisioned: Local trash has apparently taken to using the location as a dump site. Not to be discouraged, we found the litter — everything from bones and abandoned cars to spent shell casings and bags of household rubbish — to be surprisingly fitting for the content of such a dark monologue. In the comments below, even if you’re not an actor or a theater person, let me know what works, and what doesn’t!
If you want to stay in the loop about creativity projects and activities, go to the top of the page and sign up for the email newsletter, I’ll send you a little message once in a while. Not too often. Otherwise, you can follow me on Instagram or LinkedIn . Thanks for checking in at becreativenow.com!
SHAKESPEARE IN THE FOREST
Sam Kulla as King Richard II
Directed by Erik Johnson
Written by William Shakespeare
Music by Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne in B flat minor, op. 9, no. 1
Filmed on location in the Green World