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Academic warns 'lack of consent' in Shakespeare scenes could have 'triggering' effect for audiences

Added 12-06-21 03:36:03am EST - “Hailey Bachrach, from the University of Roehampton, said scenes where male characters fail to ask females for consent could be 'potentially triggering' to modern actors and modern audiences.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Academic warns of 'lack of consent' in Shakespeare scenes”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Actors playing characters from some of William Shakespeare's most popular plays should be taught about sexual ethics, an academic has warned.

Hailey Bachrach, from the University of Roehampton, said scenes where male characters fail to ask females for consent could be 'potentially triggering' to modern actors and modern audiences.

It has been argued that neither Henry V or Richard III receive an actual 'yes' from Princess Katherine and Lady Anne respectively, while Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream is drugged and therefore unable to consent to sex with Bottom.

Launching the Shakespeare and Consent project, Ms Bachrach said Shakespeare's 'glossing over' of these issues could be problematic, especially as female characters are often smaller roles and therefore played by younger actors. 

The aim of Ms Bachrach's three-year project is to run workshops with performers to help highlight the issues around consent, rather than simply ignore it.

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