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Rupert Brooke and Drama

(Items selected by Emily Willmoth, aged 16)

Rupert Brooke is generally remembered as a poet, or more specifically as a war poet. While poetry was the field of literature in which he left the greatest mark, he also distinguished himself in both prose and drama.

Rupert Brooke’s earliest experience of acting was probably when he played Portia in Hillbrow Boys' Preparatory School’s production of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, when Brooke was eleven years old. His first piece of writing to appear in print is thought to be an anonymous review of a production of Shakespeare’s As You Like it, written in 1904.

It is perhaps such early experiences which prompted an interest in drama which Brooke explored as a reader, viewer, actor, director, critic and writer.

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