Tagged with Shakespeare

Philomena Cunk on Shakespeare

Apparently Ms Cunk is a regular arts correspondent on Charlie Booker’s Weekly wipe, and now I’m going to hunt out her work, because she was brilliant in a one off special last week, interviewing experts on the Bard. She knew nothing about Shakespeare’s childhood, but he must have had one, and his education must have been … Continue reading

Did Shakespeare Ridicule the Working Man?

Here’s another piece from John O’London’s Unposted Letters. At first I thought the title was stupid – of course Shakespeare wrote of ordinary people, he is our greatest playwright, loads of working people used to pay to see his plays. But plays had to be licensed, and that meant sucking up to the powers that … Continue reading

Still shocking After 4 Centuries

We are often told how many murders and other acts of violence we are exposed to in the modern media, and how this makes us, especially kids, immune to its effects, but a production of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus is showing this is far from the case. It includes 14 murders, rape, mutilation and a final … Continue reading

Religion and Ignorance

When Monty Python released their film ‘The Life of Brian’ it caused a huge outcry as many people saw it as sacreligious, though of course it was a satire on human gullibility. It is regularly voted the greatest comedy film of all time, but Aaquil Ahmed, head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC is … Continue reading

Shakespeare in the Hood

One of the few interesting items to come out of the annual Tory Party conference came from a youth mentor, Lindsay Johns from Peckham in south London who claimed it was condescending to teach Shakespeare to inner city kids in ‘hip’ ways.  He had been asked to speak by the much reviled Education secretary, Michael … Continue reading

Remembrance and Respect

In yesterday’s paper was an article ‘How about a black face on the back of a tenner?’ in which the journalist led with an incident from her mother’s career as an English teacher in Liverpool in the 1980s. “Half way through a lesson on Shakespeare, one of her pupils, a black boy from Toxteth, asked: … Continue reading

English Literacy

In the bible of Bristol history, the 19th century journalist John Latimer claimed that most of the city’s inhabitants were ‘as illiterate as the back of a tombstone, but this changed dramatically in the succeeding decades, with many schools being founded, often by Non Conformists, especially Quakers. Carl Philip Moritz’s observations in London of 1782 … Continue reading