SHAKESPEARE'S SCRIBE

By
Gary Blackwood
Shakespeare's Scribe

The Black Death . . . thieves and bandits . . . but the show must go on!
Widge (from The Shakespeare Stealer) and William Shakespeare's company tour a country terrified of the plague, encountering old enemies and new dangers.

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272 pages
Size:
196x130 mm
ISBN:
9780862787066

The Black Death rampages through England and the players are forced to travel continuously in an effort to make money. Widge is enjoying his time with the troupe, but he is obsessed about finding his real father. When father and son are unexpectedly united, Widge cannot believe his luck. But all is not what it seems, and his father's behaviour begins to cause trouble for the players.

Disaster strikes, Shakespeare breaks his arm and cannot finish his new hit comedy. Widge is forced to step in and save the day.

Gary Blackwood has written novels for young readers including Wild Timothy, Beyond the Door and The Dying Sun. His involvement in the theatre, both as a playwright and as an amateur actor, goes back a long way ... though not quite to Shakespeare's day. Gary lives with his wife and two children on an acre of land surrounded by cow pastures outside Carthage, Missouri.

Mr. Blackwood's descriptions of the travelling players, with their hierarchical system, their draft horses pulling the carewares, and their method of performing is utterly convincing, as also are the pressures the group faces from rival players, bandits, threat of plague, and their reception in the various towns. Characterisation is believable, showing that while history may change, human nature does not.

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