Episode 20: The Malcontent

I can’t believe we’ve been at this for 20 episodes! This one is about Marston’s The Malcontent (1603).

Child Actors
A poster from the Globe Young Performers production (2014) featuring child actors.

Talking Points:

  • What’s a Malcontent anyway? And other thoughts about the Humours.
  • Boy players and their role in satire, with reference to this article from the Times Higher Education
  • April Ludgate, from Parks and Recreation is one of our favourite pop-culture Malcontents. We discuss others.
  • The academically interesting “induction scene” and meta-theatre

Episode 19: Cymbeline (The Movie)

Hey folks! This episode is a film review. Remember when we did that film review episode about MacBender? That was probably the most that Cat and Yoli have ever disagreed with each other, and it got a little #awkward. This won’t be like that, we promise.

Film Poster

Talking Points:

  • Michael Almereyda’s approach to modernizing Shakespeare
  • The best and worst performances in this generally strong cast. (See the full cast list here.)
  • How does this compare to Almeryda’s other well-known modernized Shakespeare adaptation, Hamlet (2000) ?
  • We also compare it to lots of other Shakespeare film adaptations
  • Visual language/ visual puns (ahem. Baz Luhrmann did it best.)
  • Music. (Speaking of music, Yolana makes a mistake and incorrectly identifies this song as being by Bob Marley. The song is actually by Toots & The Maytals. Apologies.
  • Cat quotes from this Entertainment Weekly review.
  • Ed Helms and Ed Harris are totally different people.

Episode 18: The Island Princess

Are you sick of current events in the United States, the UK, or wherever you are right now? Take a 40 minute break from reality with this episode. Bard Times podcast will whisk you away to an Early Modern vacation in a tropical paradise! Bodice-ripping thrills and swash-bucking adventure awaits you in this romance by John Fletcher.

(Full disclosure: this “paradise” is still chock-full of Islamophobia, cultural appropriation, and imperialist politics… so it really isn’t that different from real life in 2017.)

This 2012 edition of the play by Clare McManus is soooo good

Talking Points:

  • Clare McManus’s exceptionally wonderful edition of this play (Arden series)
  • This one scene from The Princess Bride, another classic from the romance genre.
  • Do these characters have any psychological depth? Does it matter if they don’t?
  • This play is obsessed with masculinity and honour.
  • The politics (and sexiness) of religious conversion.

Episode 17: The Spanish Tragedy

It’s the end of 2016, and for some reason, we can’t stop thinking about vengeance, murder, and tragedy. To celebrate, this new episode is all about Thomas Kyd’s influential play The Spanish Tragedy.


Talking points:

  • Bel-Imperia totally rocks
  • Echoes of this play in later tragedies (nb. comparisons to Hamlet)
  • A very tenuous film analogy.
  • Kyd’s use of language.
  • Epic meta-theatre, and a murderous play that’s even better than the one in Women Beware Women!