1 June 2012

Bring back the bawdy Bard

Check out my column on Shakespeare in the June issue of Socialist Review: http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumber=12037

"It could hardly be more ironic that Shakespeare's plays are considered "high art". They're crammed full of pissing, farting, all the elements of farce, mime, cross-dressing, people turning into animals, bad jokes, sex jokes and especially bad sex jokes. It seems a great shame to lose sight of this chaotic bawdiness in favour of the soaring rhetoric. For me, the joy of Shakespeare is in the clashing combinations of the sublime and the ridiculous."