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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

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Jenny @ Reading the End

Fwoo. It sounds like a hell of a play to get through. Honestly, it makes me wish I could take another class like the Early Modern English Literature one I had at uni, except for Jacobean lit -- we'd read a play like this and then read a whole bunch of subsidiary texts dealing with the issues that are occupying the play. It was a super interesting class.

Poor cats with the blackbird! Some of these birds are too smart for their own good!

Helen

I'd love to take a class like that too! It's interesting to see the conventions around many of these plays, it's almost like a checklist: corrupt society? Vengeful outsider? Masque/dance/play? Transgressive sex? Disguise? Graphic female death onstage? All present and correct, let's send it to the director.

I'm on the side of the blackbirds here! Mister Puss has eaten enough of their tribe for a bit of taunting to be entirely understandable. Although if they start calling up the Devil disguised as a Dog, my sympathy will wane...

Stefanie

Wow, that's some play! What kind of reaction did it get from the theatre crowd given the basis of the story I wonder?

So, has the magpie ceased it's teasing?

Helen

That's an interesting question and I have no idea what the answer might be. I don't even know how often it was performed.

I haven't seen any teasing birds recently, but they are still nicking the cat food. I feel rather anxious about that. Surely it can't really be suitable for them? Will I wake up one morning and find they're the size of cows and eating the cats? Or me? Keep an eye on the news for stories about the Monster Birds of Geel...

Desperate Reader

I've really enjoyed reading this post and the one you link too. I saw that production at the RSC a couple of years ago, the whole roaring girls season really changed my mind about Jacobean drama - I'd just kind of assumed it wasn't for me and now I'll go and see anything. What I really got excited about was having my preconceptions of how women were viewed at the time challenged by seeing plays that challenge how women are treated. Also the Morris dancing was fabulous in that performance,

Helen

I am very envious; I'd have loved to have seen those productions! I am especially keen to see some morris dancing; I have such a stereotype of slightly apathetic beardy men skipping about with bells round their knees; the idea that they could be wild and rebellious rather blew my mind. :)

Desperate Reader

I have a bit of a thing for Morris dancers in that I'll always stop to watch them, bells and ribbons aside there's something a bit threatening about them (probably the smell of beer and the way they eye up village maidens). It doesn't take much to imagine something much darker. It was a brilliant RSC/swan season which I'm very grateful to have seen so much of.

Helen

Heh! Maybe it's all that waving about of sticks as well? All very controlled and stylised fighting.

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