Word of the Week: Candle-waster (n.) – one who wastes candles by sitting up all night, probably not a reveller, as some have supposed, but a nocturnal student; a bookworm

‘Bring me a father that so loved his child,
Whose joy of her is overwhelm’d like mine,
And bid him speak of patience;
Measure his woe the length and breadth of mine
And let it answer every strain for strain,
As thus for thus and such a grief for such,
In every lineament, branch, shape, and form:
If such a one will smile and stroke his beard,
Bid sorrow wag, cry ‘hem!’ when he should groan,
Patch grief with proverbs, make misfortune drunk
With candle-wasters; bring him yet to me,
And I of him will gather patience.’
Much Ado about Nothing V.i

Voiced by Jenny Kiek

Behind The Voice:
Jenny works in our Visitor Services Department and is frequently found behind the desk at stage door, where she says she has the pleasure of greeting all our visiting candle-wasters. She is also an authority on Elizabethan dance.

Much Ado is a particular favourite play of hers as it has a very interesting dance scene and several dance references.