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By TheophileEscargot (Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 01:30:53 AM EST) Theatre, Links (all tags)
Theatre: "The Lightning Child". Links.

Saw The Lightning Child at the Globe Theatre. Loose adaptation of "The Bacchae" by Euripides. Has a framing device where an astronaut is shown the story of the Bacchae by the herald of Dionysus, and moves backwards and forwards between a few other short plays on the same theme. "The Bacchae" is about the Dionysus, the chaotic and powerful god of wine, theatre, and music: whose female followers are are holding an ecstatic festival on a mountain. The king Pentheus, hostile but salaciously curious, tries to spy on them and is torn limb from limb.

This got a terrible review from Lyn Gardner, but I loved it. There's a lot of singing and dancing, with a kind of Seventies nightclub vibe: the audience loved it. Thought it was very powerful the way the cast move from sexy gyrating to blood-stained savagery.

It might also be a generational thing: if you're part of the rave generation, the idea of disappearing into the countryside for an ecstatic festival of dancing with an edge of real danger.

The other plays are a little more uneven, but the flatmates one was excellent. I didn't think they were that baffling, seem to be different takes on Nietzsche's ideas about the eternal conflict between the Dionysian chaos and Apollonian order.

Overall, a powerful and entertaining piece of theatre with some great spectacle, well worth seeing. If you've got the energy to stand, get a £5 standing seat and get close up.

Socioeconomics. What if you defined a recession by declining household income rather than GDP? In 2012, US real median household income was 8.3% lower than in 2007. The decline of the U.S. labor share of national income. Review of "Average is Over". Don't Blame "Technology" for the Fall of the Middle Class. Children need more play, get too much homework. Massive Music Piracy Plunge Fails to Halt Decline in Sales. Economics behind 12 Years a Slave.

Video. Radio puns. Dog plays in leaves.

Politics. Rich People's Movements: when and why America's rich protest. Sexual abuse allegations corroborated at Yarl's Wood immigration centre. Jack Monroe: you can starve on benefits in Britain.

Random. Paleontologist tries to play Skyrim.

Articles. Elizabeth I's bedfellows. The making of Time Bandits, via.

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Pentheus by Herring (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 05:23:17 AM EST
Gets a mention in the works of HMHB. Just thought you'd like to know.

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Thought by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 3) #2 Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 08:41:16 AM EST
A connection struck me between the fall of the middle class stuff, and the overteaching children stuff.

Tyler Cowen thinks that all the middle-class office jobs that involved remembering and manipulating information are being decimated by automation and offshoring. The jobs that exist in the future will be ones involving physical dexterity, like dentistry and plumbing; or social adroitness, like management or customer service or salesmanship. If so, we're getting the kids to spend every waking hour on test-passing, but they'd probably be better off building model boats or playing cops and robbers: developing the physical and social skills that might actually be of some use in the economt of the future.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

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