Performance Art – Tallis Steelyard

On this day of the Gentlemen Behaving Badly blog tour, we first have a tale by Tallis Steelyard about an exciting entertainment arranged to aid a friend in trouble. Next, are two economical but interesting and amusing books on offer by Jim Webster with tales of Port Naain.

Annette Rochelle Aben

Performance art
I realise I might occasionally have been disparaging about performance art and street theatre. It’s nothing personal. Admittedly I feel that some performance artists ought to realise that merely standing on one leg shouting your verses into a howling gale doesn’t make them better verses. Similarly, with street theatre; it still works better if you’ve learned the script. I don’t care if it is ‘improvised.’ You’ve still all got to have some vague idea what is going on. After all, if you cannot understand it, what hope has the audience got?
Admittedly I do succumb to the temptation to ridicule performance art more easily when I’m in the company of Lancet Foredecks, if only because he is one of the leading practitioners. Thus one morning he almost stormed out of the Misanthropes Hall, after I’d twitted him about the previous day’s offering. He’d intended to produce a deeply…

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