This is going to make a lot more sense if you read Part One. I think I can only number it 1-5, but we all know it’s 6-10, right? * Another historical experience live-tweeting might allow us better to imagine is the role played the early modern repertory company. Some of the pleasure of the Marathons involves … More Ten Live Tweeting Commandments: Part Two
Last month marked the third iteration of an annual exercise in which I alienate a substantial proportion of my Twitter followers by posting a multi-day string of quotes from and riffs on the corpus of an early modern English playwright. Every year the Shakespeare Institute, under the direction of Dr Martin Wiggins, organises a marathon … More Ten Live Tweeting Commandments: Part One
VOD: Oggs. More poetry for you. OREGON: Right. I’ll get the wheelbarrow. — Fresh Meat. Series 4, Episode 4. On Thursday night, I went to the London launch of Magma, a poetry magazine with a rotating editorship which devotes each issue to a chosen theme. The theme of Issue 64 was ‘Risk’, and guest editors Jon … More Fresh Meat’s Poetry Problem
Judging by the songs available on YouTube, the Broadway musical Something Rotten strikes an interesting balance between propagating familiar pop-cultural myths about the early modern period and unpicking some of those assumptions through playful anachronism. The opening number, for example, welcomes us to ‘the Renaissance/Where everything is new’: far from a transitional period still processing and remaking its … More It’s hard to be the Bard – but why?
I have a confession to make: I’ve never really read Henry V. I’ve seen it, yes, in the Olivier and recent Hollow Crown film versions, and I know the most famous passages, but I’ve never properly sat with the text, and last night’s RSC production, starring Alex Hassell, was my first encounter with the play … More Henry V – A hard play to love?
Does anybody care what I want to write? — John Dryden No! — The rest of the King’s Company Hooray for Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn, now playing at the Globe. As well as being a sprightly, engaging feminist reclamation of Restoration theatre history, it’s also the only play I’ve ever encountered where all roads of narrative fulfilment … More Nell Gwynn, John Dryden, and the Restoration of Theatrical History
This article originally appeared at The Timbre, a journal dedicated to podcasting. DID YOU MISS ME?: THE SECRET OF MYSTERY SHOW In Gimlet’s Mystery Show, Starlee Kine investigates the cold cases of everyday life. Each episode seesThis American Life alumna Kine take on an unsolved mystery which has been bugging her clients for months, even years. … More ‘Did You Miss Me?’: The Secret of Mystery Show
I wrote a close-reading article for the brilliant Prac Crit website on Pascale Petit’s Frida Kahlo-inspired poem, ‘Remembrance of an Open Wound’. As the beautiful side-by-side design of the sign is something I can’t hope to replicate, I’ll simply post the link here.
When I told a friend I had been booked to read poetry at the Royal Albert Hall, his suggestion that I ask the staff where they kept Hitler’s testicle might indicate something of my own complicated relationship with high culture. My first response to the BBC Proms’ kind invitation to perform at a venue so … More My First Night of the Proms
This post originally appeared on The Missing Slate. ‘and in a sense we’re all winning we’re alive’ – Frank O’Hara, Steps Does anyone find it easy to admit they’re happy? In real life, maybe – but in art, avowals of optimism are a rare step, and a bold one. There’s always the threat that a … More Richman, O’Hara, and the aesthetics of the upbeat