Last Thursday [while much of the UK was still on holiday], I attended the press conference at which Michelle Terry revealed her first season at The Globe. And the dynamics in the room were fascinating.
Children – for the most part, don’t find filth and innuendo funny even if they understand it. Actually, neither do I if it’s there simply because it’s smutty. A joke has to be really clever to work for me and clichéd sex/lavatorial gags rarely are. Filth for its own sake is a turn-off.
The world’s largest Shakespeare Festival ends this week after 292 performance nights in theatres all over the country. I refer, of course, to Shakespeare Schools Foundation which, every year gets 30,000 or so school students on their feet performing Shakespeare.
The flood myth is common to most cultures and John Agard, originally from Guyana, gives it strong African undertones with lots of African resonances in the language which often rhymes. At the same time, it remains, of course, a story for everyone.
Best of all though, are the articles. This time there’s a new one by Bruce Wall (wonderful man who changes lives every day) about his pioneering work in prisons and one by Anthony Holmes on creating good showreels – among others.