Director: All right let’s start at the beginning shall we?
Actor: Right, yeh.
Director: What’s the word, what’s the word, I wonder, that Shakespeare decides to begin his sentence with here?
Actor: Er, ‘Time’ is the first word.
Director: Time, Time.
Director: And how does Shakespeare decide to spell it, Hugh?
Director: And what sort of spelling of the word is that?
Actor: Well, it’s the ordinary spelling.
Director: It’s the ordinary spelling, isn’t it? It’s the conventional spelling. So why, out of all the spellings he could have chosen, did Shakespeare choose that one, do you think?
Actor: Well, um, because it gives us time in an ordinary sense.
Director: Exactly, well done, good boy. Because it gives us time in an ordinary, conventional sense.
Actor: Oh, right.
Director: So, Shakespeare has given us time in a conventional sense. But he’s given us something else, Hugh. Have a look at the typography. What do you spy?
Actor: Oh, it’s got a capital T.
Director: Shakespeare’s T is very much upper case there, Hugh, isn’t it? Why?
Actor: Cause it’s the first word in the sentence?
Director: Well I think that’s partly it. But I think there’s another reason too. Shakespeare has given us time in a conventional sense – and time in an abstract sense.
Actor: Right, yes.
Director: All right? Think your voice can convey that, Hugh?
Actor: I hope so.
Director: I hope so too. All right. Give it a go.
Actor: Just the one word?
Director: Just the one word for the moment.
Actor: Yep. (He howls the word).
Director: Hugh, Hugh, Hugh, Hugh. Where do we gather from?
Actor: Oh, the buttocks.
Director: Always the buttocks. Gather from the buttocks. Thank you.
Director: What went wrong there, Hugh?
Actor: Um, I don’t know. I got a bit lost in the middle actually.