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.
Jul 3, 2018
“The fraud of men was ever so / Since summer first was leafy”
— Balthasar’s song, Much Ado About Nothing
In episode six, we look at that vexing question of whether or not Will Shakespeare was a complete and utter conman. We’ll follow those who dug up rivers, cracked codes, turned to grave-robbing, or...
Sep 3, 2017
"Thou hadst small Latin and lesse Greek..."
In episode five, we explore William Shakespeare's family background, his childhood in Stratford-upon-Avon, and follow him from school to wedlock to the open road. Along the way, we learn what to do in Stratford in the 1500s, how many Annes there were, and why you should never...
Aug 25, 2017
"Love me / Not your idea of me! / Release me / From your fantasy."
- Silvia in the 1971 rock musical 'Two Gentlemen of Verona'
We explore the critical and popular history of 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' from the Elizabethan age to the 1970s counter-culture, by way of light opera, Machiavelli, and the British...
Aug 15, 2017
"He after honour hunts, I after love" - Proteus
We begin our three-episode investigation of 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona', arguably the Bard's first play, circa 1589. Join me for a journey through the highs and lows of the plot, by way of Greek mythology, why the Ancients liked green honey, and our first casual bigotry...