Sorry Roger, but it's ignorant bullshit that you can "make the
telephone directory" exciting in theatre. If you're going to have a
text, it has to be dynamic and vital, and no amount of bells or
whistles will cover the lack if it isn't. I've seen enough theatre -
and suffered through enough bad texts - to assert this as absolute
bedrock fact.

If Shakespeare's work has a stultifying effect on English culture, I'd
suggest it's not his fault, but that of those who make his work that
way. And I don't see why it should be a cause for resentment If others
find excitement where you only see staleness.  Certainly I'm not
participating in your oppression by enjoying that work. In fact, you
could turn things around and see a certain liberating possibility in
that language. But I'm not insisting.


On Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 4:39 PM, Roger Day <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I couldnt give a fuck if you or anyone else thinks shakespeare is
> "exciting" - you can make the telephone directory in theatre
> "exciting". My beef is with the stultifying effect of S on English
> culture. If other poor deluded fools want to put on s, that's up to
> them.
> Roger
> On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 10:27 PM, Alison Croggon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Heh heh. Coincidentally I saw Romeo and Juliet in Lithuanian last
>> night. Set in a bakery. It was a total pisstake on masculine machismo
>> and male violence and especially on the culture of vendetta. The
>> second half was basically a danse macabre, the first grotesquely
>> funny. Extraordinary theatre. You'll never convince me it's dull!
> --
> My Stuff:
> "I began to warm and chill
> to objects and their fields"
> Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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