Foolery

Naughty and Edible Shakespeare | Fit for a Fool

By June 23, 2017 No Comments

Probably the biggest Shakespeare story kicking about this week involves a city ‘so good they named it twice,’ March, soothsayers and a warning. I’ll let you choose whether the Julius Caesar controversy ought to be located in the foolery column or not, plenty has been written about it already, and if you are curious as to my take then you can read that here (disclaimer: it was written last week when it wasn’t quite as controversial!). But let’s look at the other Shakespeare news we should be concerned with this week.

You can munch on some Shakespeare, well Shakespeare-inspired, food if you head down to Restaurant Story (London Bridge). There you’ll be able to sample Tom Seller’s Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired menu which, he promises with tell the story (and the story of Shakespeare the man) gastronomically. Who says Shakespeare can’t be a delight to all the senses?! It does however come with quite the price tag, £140 for the menu plus another £80 if you’d like to have the wine matched to the menu.. Such stuff as dreams are made of.

Perhaps one of my recent favourite Shakespeare foolery stories involves an unfortunate examination mistake. No, not by a student, but by the examiners! The final exams sat by 16 year olds all over the UK, GCSEs had a Shakespearean error on the OCR board paper which made it look like they’d completely rewritten Romeo and Juliet. Certainly not something which encourages confidence in an already nervous cohort. OCR accidentally wrote that Tybalt was a Montague (hint: he’s not, he’s the other one.. A Capulet).

The question was: “How does Shakespeare present the ways in which Tybalt’s hatred of the Capulets influences the outcome of the play?”

Hatred of the who now?! Now that’s another story entirely.. Thankfully they’ve promised students they’ll accept answers which assign him to either family. You’d think they’d have someone to double check these things.. Foolery appears to have been the order of the day in this case and for once we can’t blame Shakespeare!

If you’ve been avidly following Rebel Wilson’s trial, you might have noticed an unusual quotation inclusion in the trial proceedings. Yep, that’s right the judge chose to quote Othello to the jury. If you don’t believe me, here is the twitter evidence and you can read more about it here. No he didn’t quote the bit with the handkerchief, nor the pillow.

It wouldn’t be a foolery column without a quiz, so see if you can test your Shakespeare knowledge on this ultimate quiz this week. Can you get full marks (and better the exam board)?!

Have you ever wondered if Kayne or Shakespeare are most relevant today? Chances are you probably think it’s Shakespeare. Well this very question was debated at the Oxford Union Society and you can watch the proceedings here. It doesn’t work out quite so well for Shakespeare as we might hope – but sometimes it’s good for him to be challenged for his place on his pedestal.

Have you heard the Reduced Shakespeare Company have got a new show out – it’s Shakespeare’s long lost play (nope, not Love’s Labour’s Won..) and whether you love or hate Shakespeare it’s promised that you’ll love it. For tour dates check out the details here.

If you’re looking for some naughty Shakespearean jokes, or trying to spice things up in the bedroom with some (somewhat questionable) Shakespeare quotes, then take a look at this post over on Mental Floss for some inspiration/how not to do it. It promises to show you a Shakespeare who is  ‘A literary master of both dramatic characterization and toilet humor.’ Come to your own decision as to whether Shakespeare really is the master of spicing things up. Please don’t share your conclusions!

That’s all for now folks, until next time keep foolin’ around, Shakespeare style. (No, not that way).

Author Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters is a PhD student at Oxford Brookes University, England where she is currently researching female melancholia in the early modern period (as presented in Shakespearean and early modern drama and proto-medical treatises) and contemporary female depression. She is interested in all things Shakespeare related, particularly contemporary Shakespeare adaptation and appropriation.

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