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Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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Stefanie

I never thought of Tristan and Yseult being funny before but you mention it is and my husband and I are thinking of going to see a production of a/the play which also claims to be funny. Now I am curious!

Helen

Well, admittedly, Stefanie, the humour is what I think of as mediaeval, which means there is wordplay, cheek to social superiors and people falling in mud, interspersed with the narrator gasping 'If only he had killed him then, how much better his life would have been' etc. etc. So now I'm curious about your play too. I hope you write about it!

Alex

I love the way in which the evidence of the oral tradition finds its way into the Medieval texts. I wouldn't do without the comfort of being able to curl up by myself and luxuriate in the story on my own, but I do think we've lost something by abdicating the pleasure of sitting at the feet of a talented storyteller who really engages with the narrative even at the expense of utter partisanship.

Helen

Ah, but Alex, all is not lost! There are storytelling events you can attend, not quite the same as a bard reciting in the comfort of your own mead hall perhaps, but still. This is the website of the Society for Storytelling: http://www.sfs.org.uk/ Maybe there's something near you?

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