The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1979 Thursday, 1 December 2005
Date: Wednesday, 30 Nov 2005 13:18:58 -0500
Subject: 16.1970 Globe Organization's Tent for Peace
Comment: RE: SHK 16.1970 Globe Organization's Tent for Peace
Peter Bridgman (PB) wonders whether the Globe Education 'Tent for Peace'
piece was satirical:
>> The tent, made in the style of a traditional
>> Mongolian Yurt out of the hand-embroidered
>> "love and peace handkerchiefs," was sewn
>> together by Lebanese women from the Societe
>> St. Vincent de Paul's Artisanat Mabrouk.
PB > Am I alone in suspecting this article was satirical?
To use the idiom of Britain's youth, Globe Education doesn't 'do' irony
and a year or two ago it was certainly planning to have handkerchiefs
made by Southwark schoolchildren sewn together as a symbol of
cross-cultural reconciliation. The inspiration was, as the piece says,
the strawberry-spotted handkerchief in Othello. In one of the planning
meetings ("everyone brainstorm! think aloud!") I recall the stony
silence that followed my observation that the strawberry decoration
perhaps represented menstrual blood, in which case the more appropriate
napkin were . . . Some thoughts are better kept to oneself.
(formerly Globe Education Lecturer)
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