Cats & Dogs as Creatures Vile

Cats & Dogs - Cymbeline - 9th September 2018, Shakespeare Sunday

What a change in attitude towards those now our beloved friends!

“The queen, sir, very oft importuned me
To temper poisons for her, still pretending
The satisfaction of her knowledge only
In killing creatures vile, as cats and dogs,
Of no esteem”
Cornelius, Cymbeline V.5

I found this quote when looking for inspiration for today’s #ShakespeareSunday theme of Cats & Dogs on Twitter. Do get involved with this popular weekly game from Hollow Crown Fans on Twitter : there are always great quotes, gifs & other images to retweet, should you not be up for adding something yourself.

I was inspired to look for more about Shakespeare and animals – there’s a lot on offer! – and below are a few I found and have enjoyed, or am looking forward to exploring. Most are pretty general about animals and Shakespeare, but do check out the folklore link and the beasts one for historical attitude towards cats and dogs and other animals.

Shakespeare Gone Wild: Meet the Animals in the Bard’s Plays – Shakespeare quotes and photographs by Joel Sartore from National Geographic

Cat & Dog - Shakespeare & Animals

Shakespeare’s Animals – on animals within Shakespeare’s language, this is a ‘Teddy Talk’ from the University of Oxford (video + audio only)

Folk-lore of Shakespeare by T.F. Thiselton Dyer [1883] at sacred-texts.com – a listing of animals in Shakespeare with notes on quotes and folklore. Very useful for text work! You can see the difference in attitude to which I first alluded. The howling of dogs foretells death or misfortune (think of the Black Dog tales) & it looks like there were times when dogs were put to death simply because of the season of the year! One of the largest sections is on cats, including their connection to witches and witches turning into cats (apparently these witch-cats have “a great hankering after beer”), leading to some very nasty treatment.

Shakespeare’s Beasts – “Guiding us through Shakespeare’s menagerie,  [Laurie] Shannon provides a glimpse into the long history of how we talk about animals.” (YouTube)

Shakespeare Plays Re-imagined with Furry Animals – Mashable article with images about the book ‘Shakespeare in Fluff’

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Shakespeare’s Animal House – how many animals mentioned by Shakespeare can you remember for this quiz? (There are a few little comments that can be fun, too, turning up sometimes for incorrect attempts. The first I saw made me laugh – I’d tried ‘roach’.)

And, of course, for more wonderful images, there are always Susan Herbert’s ‘Shakespeare Cats’!

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Maya Angelou & Defeat

Maya Angelou on encountering defeats & not being defeated - Pinterest

Wonderful wisdom from Dr Maya Angelou interviewed by Marianne Schnall, including (among so much!) courage and courtesy, words and the arts, and the difference between being brought low and being reduced.

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Citizens Theatre – On The Move

Yes – great to see the Muses statues accompanied by Robert Burns and William Shakespeare!
Muses: Thalia (Comedy), Melpomene (Tragedy), Terpsichore (Dance) and Euterpe (Music)
Reckon I can point out 2 of these, but can’t quite tell if that’s a comedy or tragedy mask.
What do you think?

University of Glasgow Library

STA Ex 25 30q Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. Ref: STA Ex25/30q

Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre company is to move out of its home in the Gorbals for the first time in its 72 year history, from June 2018, the building will be closed for two years for a major redevelopment.

First opened in 1878 as the Royal Princess’s Theatre, the Citizens company have been in their Grade B listed Gorbals home since 1945 – making it the second oldest operational theatre in the UK, preceded only by Leeds Grand which opened 6 weeks earlier.

STA PH 483 Exterior of the Royal Princess’s Theatre, Glasgow advertising “Tammy Twister”. December 1933. Ref: STA PH 483

The building shared an exterior with the adjacent Palace, which featured columns taken from the Union Bank in Ingram Street and several large statues which were the work of the sculptor John Mossman (1817-1890).

The statues represent the inspiration the muses have provided in…

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