Id like today to chat a bit about the arts.
Sir Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shake-spear Company was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the weekend for his contribution to British theatre.
He is also the target of some peoples ire and anger after claiming that the controversy surrounding the play Marat/Sade is the lifeblood of the arts.
The play in which the Marquis de Sade directs a play in an asylum surrounding the murder of a political thinker named Jean Paul Marat has been the cause of absolute uproar and outrage. The play contains scenes of torture, rape, murder and nudity and has lead to an average of up to 30 people walking out of each performance.
Well this makes me wonder what the hell the people who bought tickets for the play were expecting to see. Anybody who has ever read any of his works or done any research about him will undoubtedly be aware that his work is risqué to say the least. Wikipedia has this to say.....
Incidentally I have read and would recommend reading Justine and Juliette, works for which Napoleon Bonaparte himself ordered the arrest of the author and imprisonment without trial until 1803 when he was declared insane and moved to an asylum. Napoleon called Justine "the most abominable book ever engendered by the most depraved imagination".