An Orgy Of Violence

25 Jan
Violence (role-playing game)

Violence (role-playing game) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We often complain that violent video games are corrupting our children. That may or may not be true, depending on whether you believe studies or your scornful teenager; but it occurred to me on Wednesday night that entertainment has been corrupting our children forever.

On Wednesday night I watched a man be torn apart by his own mother, and his bodiless head put on display.  Women cavorted, naked, in the hills.  A pregnant woman was killed by lightning.  A male surrogate mother carried the baby to full term.  There was earthquake, fire, a razing. Crazed women ripped to shreds a herd of cows and beat frightened men with sticks.  Talk about your video nasty.

Only, it wasn’t nasty at all; it was art.  You can’t whack a good Greek tragedy: yes, the Hub and I watched Spud and his friends act out Euripides’ The Bacchae.  

It was set in the 1970s.  If that isn’t the perfect era for excess and lack of self-restraint, I don’t know what is.

Apart from the mother who chopped up her son (if I’m honest, an act with which I can empathise), which was done symbolically, the rest of it was mostly related as speech.  By my own son, but we’ll let that slide; he’s fairly well-balanced thanks to having two parental extremes.

Talking of which…the Hub had his camera, of course, and took photos throughout.  That would have been fine if it was a point-and-shoot, but he has an excellent camera.  Nothing kills the tension like the tuk-tuk-tuk of a flash being moved into another position; followed by a light which temporarily blinds the cast (admittedly, making the one blind character’s acting incredibly realistic); and the whiiiiiiiiiiine of the flash warming up again.

I always wondered what it was like to be the annoying person on the bus; now I know.  Mortifying.  For me, anyway; the Hub was too busy taking photos to notice.

The play was about eighty minutes long and I must have shushed the Hub enough to make him turn off his flash at some point, because the later photos are not as good, he reckons.  

I want to enjoy Spud’s starring role in The Tempest, so I have ordered the Hub to request permission to photograph the dress rehearsal.  The Hub says ‘no.’  He flat refuses to sit through Shakespeare twice.

Here is a sample of what they’re teaching our kids in school these days:

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34 Responses to “An Orgy Of Violence”

  1. vivinfrance January 25, 2013 at 12:50 #

    BRAVO TO SPUD! You say the Hub’s camera is excellent, and it may be, but it shouldn’t make all that noise, and it should be possible to take low light pictures without using flash. Mine does – I took some great pictures of my friend’s choir in a not too well-lit Church. An almost inaudible click tells me that the photo has been taken.

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  2. colonialist January 25, 2013 at 12:59 #

    If I had been a member of the cast, hubby would have joined the list of those suffering grievous bodily harm. Show, or rehearsal. That equipment is good for posed professional shots, not for during-show stuff.
    You need to keep quiet about these sources of gratuitous violence – otherwise the video game people might latch onto them as being way beyond anything they have been able to dream up so far.
    The kids really seem to be doing brilliantly!

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  3. McGuffyAnn January 25, 2013 at 13:19 #

    I have to say, I got through the 1970s without doing or seeing any of those things. Maybe it was different on that side of the Pond…just sayin’.
    But I give Spud credit for working hard in the Arts…rather than actually doing those things in real life.

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  4. jmgoyder January 25, 2013 at 13:31 #

    Good point and YAY Spud!

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  5. laurieanichols January 25, 2013 at 13:41 #

    Congratulations to Spud and his proud parents. The entire cast should be applauded for the courage in wearing those costumes. You can’t beat a great Greek trajedy especially when it’s set in the seventies.:)

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  6. Rorybore January 25, 2013 at 14:08 #

    I guess I paid attention in university more than I thought and thus can display that BA proudly on the wall: I immediately recognized the description as Greek tragedy. Funny how we think of violence as something “new” …..when really it’s throughout our history. Greek myth, Grimm Tales……I even hesitate on some bible stories.
    But well done Spud! Can’t wait to see the Shakespeare’s pics. twice. haha

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  7. mairedubhtx January 25, 2013 at 15:26 #

    You must be so proud of your thespian times two. He looks splendid in the photos. Hub did a good job. I’m sure the production was quite a success and The Tempest will be, too.

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  8. SchmidleysScribbling January 25, 2013 at 17:05 #

    I don’t think many boys over here would dress in drag, most would rather carry assault weapons. Dianne

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  9. Al January 25, 2013 at 17:47 #

    Although I enjoyed the Hub’s pictures and I’m sure Spud was outstanding in his role, those plays are just Greek to me.

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  10. vastlycurious.com January 25, 2013 at 18:00 #

    I am surprised they allowed the flash but nice work to your husband!!

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  11. Viveka January 25, 2013 at 19:31 #

    Your family is such a fantastic mixture of everything – and everybody is sharing everybody’s interest and hobbies, wonderful …. Just as it should be. I bet there will be some proud parents in the audience on the opening night.

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  12. Amba Nair January 25, 2013 at 20:16 #

    Slow clap for SPUD! 🙂 Maybe at the next show you could sit somewhere else and pretend not to know the Hub while Tch Tching about it along with the rest of the audience.

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  13. terry1954 January 25, 2013 at 20:43 #

    that sounds like a gruesome show you watched. wow

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  14. robincoyle January 25, 2013 at 23:04 #

    Bravo, Spud!!

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  15. Pseu January 25, 2013 at 23:21 #

    Wonderful!
    (BTW I have turned off all sounds on my camera…. most digital have a sound effect to imitate a film camera, but it is superfluous. Since turning it off I have had way more good candid shots!)

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  16. bluebee January 26, 2013 at 00:16 #

    Love the funky clothes – looks like the John Galliano Summer Collection! By the look of Spud’s exoressions, he’s made for the stage.

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  17. Grannymar January 30, 2013 at 20:45 #

    I hope Spud keeps trod-ding the boards when school days are past. It is a wonderful social hobby, It looks like he is cut out for it.

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  18. eof737 February 1, 2013 at 15:07 #

    The photos are quite good. I’m surprised hub wasn’t escorted out the building… No photos allowed in the theater. 😉

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