Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Arcadia

RosencrantzRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard is one of my favourite plays. I love the word games and the philosophising of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. I simply love reading the play and watching it (even as a movie). The discussion around being dead in a box always makes me laugh.


ArcadiaArcadia by Tom Stoppard is another one of his wonderful, complex plays. I remember seeing it in North Sydney produced by an amateur production company. I was enthralled by the conversation and the intricacies of the discussions. In reading the play, the discussions became more understandable. In Act One Scene One, Thomasina says that ‘You cannot stir things apart’. Septimus answers “No more you can, time must needs run backward, and since it will not, we must stir our way onward mixing as we go, disorder out of disorder into disorder until pink is complete, unchanging and unchangeable, and we are done with it for ever. This is known as free will or self-determination’.

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