Tuesday 24 April 2018

Kevin Myers: A convention of one-way race-blindness has swept the theatrical world without any discussion

Kevin Myers

It's the success of unspoken conventions, often called 'memes', rather than their content, that can be most interesting.

Such conventions or memes are usually not enforced, since their popular endorsement is consensual, though whether this process is entirely voluntary is another matter. For how much can consensual conventions ever be truly voluntary? What price may be paid for departing from, or challenging, a powerful consensus?

A new production of 'Hamlet' is currently on in the Globe Theatre, London. The review in 'The Guardian' said: "Like Jade Anouka's charmingly gawky, totally unfey Ophelia, this 'Hamlet' is direct and frank."

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