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Jesting About will air on BBC Tees at 7pm on Good Friday, April 6, and Easter Monday, April 9 at 9.
Caliban's release from a jesting spirit is a major piece of business in the comic subplot of The Tempest.
In this horseplay, playgoers see comically dramatized the jesting spirit's derogatory effect upon coherent conversation.
The bond with the land is expressed by this proverb that also ends the amusing story that Torro tells about his jesting partners: "If the little mouse abandons the path of his fathers, the thorns of couch grass will put his eyes out" (99).
And yet it must be recognised that almost all the ethnic groups maintain jesting relations with at least one other ethnic group (Sissao 2002: 169-172).
Brown's title proverb, "better a shrew than a sheep," provides us with some of this book's most original and thought-provoking analysis of jesting culture and its relation to the theater and to real life.
In her conclusion, Brown acknowledges the difficulty of writing about the serious concerns faced by early modern women within an examination of jesting literature, and yet she manages to do just this with an appropriate mixture of disapprobation and humor.
Pointing to more vigorous cultural images of women holding their own in both drinking and jesting competitions (such as popular tales of Mother Bunch and Long Meg of Westminster), Brown maintains that women played a vital role in what she characterizes as 'neighborhood theatre.
While it may be the case that women's place in jesting culture has been overlooked up to this point, this book will assuredly persuade many other scholars to follow the evidentiary trail that Brown has blazed here.
Holcomb then contrasts this classical paradigm to Renaissance and early modem jesting in the pulpit and royal court where culturally and socially diverse speakers had to transcend differences in their status or skill as well as observe the bounds of decorum.
The Jesting About radio programme, which began in 2012 and has proved a successful platform for local comedy, has involved stars such as Ross Noble, Gavin Webster, Bob Mortimer and Mark Benton, as well as newcomers who have gone on to work as both comedy writers and performers.
Last night an oversubscribed audience filed into Live Theatre on Newcastle's quayside to listen to a discussion panel, including Bob and top comedy brass from the BBC, and hear more about how Jesting About could offer a doorway to getting their funniness heard.