This was discussed on R4's Broadcasting House
this morning and I’m afraid I had to check I hadn’t overslept and woken up on April 1. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/education/school-at-war-as-head-teacher-bans-black-watch-play-from-curriculum-over-sex-and-swea.119598093
Nobody, in the radio discussion or the newspaper article, seemed to think it at all ironic that the person getting all censorious about ‘bad language and sexual content’ is a head teacher in Kirriemuir
. You couldn’t make it up.
The discussion was, otherwise, rather poor quality with, on the one hand, Nicola Horlick failing to address the issue at all, preferring to give us her own views on swearing and, on the other, Alex Salmond repeating (unchallenged) the fallacy that Shakespeare is full of swear words. I wish someone had asked him for examples because, in my experience, while there is a fair bit of sexual content, the Bard’s work contains very few outright expletives of the kind found in plays like Black Watch
. I must say I have been mildly surprised to see school parties at performances of, say, Our Country’s Good
. A play with content like that certainly wouldn’t have got on the ‘A’ level syllabus when I was at school but I think things have, if anything, changed for the better.
Back to Kirriemuir. I came across this recently (warning NOT for the easily offended):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y64uWjtSKAo
Kenneth McKellar! I haven’t been so surprised since I read Kathleen Ferrier’s limerick about the young lady of Nantes.