May 2, 2019
"Life upon the wicked stage
Ain't ever what a girl supposes..."
- from Show Boat
New episode! In episode #11, I explore what life was like on the Elizabethan stage, from its naive origins to the messy, democratic, bawdy theatre world Shakespeare inherited. Join me as I learn about the original hellmouth, why the...
Apr 25, 2019
"I'm a maid mad to marry
And will take double-quick
Any Tom, Dick or Harry,
Any Tom, Harry or Dick!"
- Lois Lane / Bianca, in Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate
We're back with episode 10! Today I explore the critical and theatrical history of The Taming of the Shrew, from folk tales to musicals, from the Victorians to...
Apr 12, 2019
"From fairest creatures we desire increase...."
Hello, friends! This is a bonus episode to give you a taste of my new Patreon campaign. Subscribers to the Patreon can contribute a few dollars to the running of the podcast in exchange for bonus content.
I'll be recording Shakespeare's sonnets, with analysis...
Apr 10, 2019
“He that is giddy thinks the world turns round” – The Widow
We’re back with episode 8! Despite some mid-episode audio issues, we’re commencing my look at The Taming of the Shrew, circa 1592, one of the Bard’s rougher early works. Join me for a journey through the plot’s highs and lows,...
Jul 25, 2018
"Truly, the tree yields bad fruit."
Meet William McGonagall, the worst poet in the English language, and his exquisite Address to Shakespeare.