Friday, 6 July 2007

The Bard strikes back!

Following in the same vein as Aunty Marianne, I had a conversation with Blodwyn's 6 year old son the other evening. He was telling me about his school play which was Goldilocks and the 3 bears in which he played Father Bear along with 3 other boys (there were 7 Goldilocks's at the last count) and the exchange went along the lines of:

Me: So it all went well then?

6yo: Yeah

Me: Everyone knew their lines then?

6yo: Yeah.........but the 4th years play was much better, it was about the war!

Me: The war? (Thinking WW2)

6yo: Yeah - one king killed another king and then he was killed and the first one that was killed was a ghost.

Me: Not WW2 then - was it the Civil War?

6yo: Nah! Don't think so............. I think it was by someone called William Shakespeare!

Me: (desperately trying to remember my Shakespeare) Do you know what it was called?

6yo: Can't remember - it was somebody's name.

Me: (Penny dropping) Was it Macbeth?

6yo: Oh yeah that's what it was called - Macbeth (a pause, and then with gusto and obvious admiration) ..............The songs were great!!!

Now is it me? I haven't seen Macbeth for a while but I don't remember any songs?!? This I would pay to see.


JolietJake said...

Well ok, if you want to pop round I'll sing Bad Moon Rising for you. It's a Credence Clearwater thing which is almost as old as Billy Shakes.

I'll need a few beers but I've got my own guitar and I know a decent (?!) kebab shop for after. I might even put me Wolverhampton Wanderers undies on, can't say fairer than that.

Honey said...

First Witch

Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot.


Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Second Witch

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.


Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Third Witch

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Silver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.


Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

it's got a chorus and everything..

Scouse Doris said...

Joliet - sounds good to me!

Honey - Tis true, I forgot about the witches - although it is more of a rap than a song......

PI said...

My favourite name used to be Shanghai Lil but Scouse Doris comes very close.

Scouse Doris said...

Pi - I remember a compatriot of mine called Lilo Lil - maybe they were one and the same!

Brom said...

I can't stand musicals. Whoever wrote em!

Scouse Doris said...

Hi Brom - I rather like musicals actually but I hadn't thought of Macbeth in that vein and the more I think of it the more I like the idea.

I will contact his Lord Webbership and get him to write one I think!

Scroblene said...

It's got to be 'West Side Story', and I want to be the drummer in 'The Rumble'!

ps I haven't forgotten that a long distant cousin Doris owes you a few notes...and I don't mean fivers; they went on lunch yesterday!

Scouse Doris said...

Aha! You are related to the W-Bs then?

Scroblene said...

It's in the title Scyce...

Cock up on blog address let the cat out of the bag!

Bunty found out as well, and goodness knows what will happen now, it is all positively ghastly!

SpanishGoth said...

Well I remember the songs....

There was one about hills being alive and

another about nazis running around with silly walks and

there was one about a flower too

Honestly, you really should go back to skool

Scouse Doris said...

Scrobbers: Positively ghastly! I don't suppose you know what Mr Hussey would say about it all?

Spanish Goth: You're right, I do need to go back to skool! I have obviously got this whole musical thing all wrong.

A. A. Ayscoughe~Hussey said...

Mr. Ayscoughe~Hussey has little to add.
(With the exception of the subject of your avatar. I do wish you would change it. It quite reminds me of the time my nephew Aloysius ate a whole packet of prunes... with hilarious consequences.)

Scroblene said...

Well done Aloysius;

Prune jokes; avatar; all point to a satisfying return to the fold and you are welcome of course! Your normality is an example to us all!

Senior Chief Rastus Obuggerit Blen-Ne

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Yes I think Andrew L-W would have to do it - perhaps with an all-Scots cast, Annie Lennox as The Lady Mac in black leather, Robert Carlyle in Begbie mode as Mad Mac the Knife, and Billy Connolly as himself. Do you remember "Catch my Soul", a rock-opera based on Othello directed by Jack Good, they made a film of it with Richie Havens in the leading role. It was utter bollocks.

JolietJake said...

Lilo Lil? rings a bell somewhere, any relation to Fag-Ash Lil?

no imagination you lot, Lloyd-Webber? humbug! hasn't anyone seen Flash Gordon with soundtrack by Queen?

The music to MacBeth will be written by Slayer, that should capture the mood nicely.

By the way, I've got MacBeth on DVD if anyone wants to see it. I got it cheap at Schiphol Airport.

PI said...

Wasn't Lilo Lil related to Slack Alice?

Scouse Doris said...

Yes I think they were all daughters of Lily the Pink!

Scouse Doris said...

Daffers - What a great idea and lovely to hear from you.

JJ - Slayer would work too - I feel a cult film coming on either way!

Tippler said...

Scouse D - "One king killed another king and then he was killed and the first one that was killed was a ghost."

Sounds more like Hamlet. The only ghost in The Scottish Play is Banquo. Not a king - although he 'begat' kings. Duncan snuffs it early, but that's an end of him.

Can't think of any songs in Hamlet offhand though... unless they're in the play within a play.

Oh, bollocks.

And West Side Story is, of course, Romeo and Juliet with toons.

Laura said...

Hamlet indeed. I believe Doris Day played opposite Bing Crosby in that with a lovely rendition of "Please, Please Don't eat the Daisies"