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...
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 9, 2017
"She sat like Patience on a monument,
smiling at grief." -- Viola, 'Twelfth Night'
Before we kick off the festivities, a quick trip through the backstory of Western theatre, and a look at some of the early playwrights of the Elizabethan era, including Kit Marlowe.