Following is the full transcript of British actor Christopher Gaze’s TEDx Talk titled “Shakespeare is Everywhere” at TEDxVancouver conference.
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Hello. You’ve been eating Pop-Tarts. I resisted. It looks fantastic though.
Well now, what a day we’re having, absolutely inspirational, fantastic. I saw Romeo Dallaire remark on these geese earlier on, and I considered these geese, Canada geese. They’re all over the world, you know. They’re taking over the world. A bit like Shakespeare.
Shakespeare surrounds us. The Shakespeare we’re enormously familiar with, but the Shakespeare that we know and we don’t know. And of course, every day, we’re quoting Shakespeare but we don’t know it.
Shakespeare – We don’t know a great deal about the man. What we know about him is generally through his works. He was a man, just like you and me, he lived his life, felt great joy and great sadness, tremendous success and great tragedy.
In Canada – talk about Shakespeare surrounding us – we have the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, that’s the biggest theatre festival, I might add, in North America. We have — that’s right!
We have Bard on the Beach Shakespeare here in Vancouver. We’ve got Shakespeare festivals in between. In America, Americans love their Shakespeare, they have Ashland, Oregon, lots of Shakespeare’s festivals through America. You have The Globe in London, and, of course, The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.