Concerning the research work of Sylvia Eckersley, the late Vivian Law (Reader in the History of Linguistic Thought & Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge) wrote the following:


‘Her findings have implications which go far beyond their own intrinsic interest which is very considerable in its own right. They throw light upon the significance of the division into acts, conventionally regarded as of small importance; they elucidate the meaning of many obscure lines and passages; on a practical level, they suggest new approaches to production and performance; and they raise urgent questions about the nature of creative activity.’


For the fruits gained via an approach to Shakespeare’s Plays that includes an understanding of their number and geometrical structure, Sylvia had the following to say:


‘If we imagine the play as a deep pool, the story we are familiar with can be likened to the images which play on the surface of the pool. They have great richness. Yet, of a sudden, one’s gaze can start to penetrate through the surface into the life within the pool’s depths.’


A gift in your Will to the Eckersley Shakespeare Trust is supporting in a most significant way the foundation for ongoing research into the nature of Shakespeare's Art. The character of Sylvia Eckersley's insight and her innovative techniques of investigation open up fields of unexplored territory which are not only immensely fruitful but may be considered vital for our further understanding of what works, with Mercurial vitality, within Shakespeare's timeless plays.


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