Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Summer's Last Will And Testament

Researching Elizabethan/Jacobean literature (yeah, I've got a plan for Purchas to cross paths with wee Wullie Shakespeare) I just read Nashe's Summer's Last Will And Testament. Odd piece of work. Not exactly a play. A lot of allegorical blokes standing up one after another to deliver themselves of satirical monologues. With musical interludes and a guy pretending to be Will Summers ( very famous dead comic- he was Henry VIII's court jester) acting as compere. Then the penny dropped. How modern. In spite of touches of variety and a hint of masque, it's basically an evening of stand-up comedy.
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.