All the world’s a political Stage

My mate went to see an incredible stage act the other night. There were a group of performers – men and women and they came on stage dressed in suits. They stood and did nothing, for ages. The audience began to get restless and started jeering at the performers and still they they did nothing. So the audience began to get very agitated and suddenly the performers grabbed buckets from the wings and all of them, men and women began brazenly pissing in the buckets. The audience was stunned for a moment but when the performers had finished relieving themselves they started shouting and jeering again. So the performers picked up the buckets and lobbed the piss over the audience. Again the audience were stunned for a moment but then they started shouting and jeering again. And the performers turned around dropped their pants, bared their arses and took a collective shit on the stage. Again the audience was stunned but again they resumed shouting and jeering. So the performers started picking up the shit and lobbing it at the audience. And this time the audience were flabergasted into stunned silence. And you could tell that some of the performers thought they had gone to far. And a lone voice in the audience cried out – “Why are you doing this to us?” And the lead performer stepped forward and quietly stated – “Because we can – who’s going to stop us?” And the show ended, and the entire audience left in silence. I said to my mate “that act sounds incredible; What are they called?” He said “The Management”.


About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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4 Responses to All the world’s a political Stage

  1. moelarrythecheese says:

    I would have to assume that there was no call for an encore.

    • Mmmm…. Must be something to do with your education.

      Summary: education is not a commodity and teachers must not simply be workers hired to deliver a commodified service. To be a good teacher is to ‘care’, to care about what you teach, to care about the way you teach it and to care about the students.

      But in the long-term to care is simply not possible for the disempowered, disengaged, flexible and dispensable worker as required by corporate capitalism. Principled commitment to methods, values and ideals is not what is required; what is required is the ability to abandon methods, principles and vales the moment they become unprofitable – i.e. to not care about anything other than the making of profit (for someone else).

      This might make sense if you are making widgets but makes no sense if you are attempting to enthuse, inspire and motivate children and young people to learn, which is not an assembly line process that cannot be judged by criteria of efficiency and productivity. One could go as far as saying that assembly line education (like MOOCS) is by definition bad education.

      Is that any clearer?

      • Yes, I understand what you’re saying especially now that I know what the acronym MOOC means. However, it appears to me that the gist of your argument applies more to liberal arts courses and less to technical subjects like math or computer programming, for example.

      • So are you saying that good teachers of math or computer programming don’t need to care about what they teach, or care about the way they teach it or care about their students?

        Surely it is harder to enthuse, inspire and motivate most children and young people to learn math and computer programming than it is drama, art and music?

        Reading out ‘facts’ to a room of passive students is not teaching – although it is often what has passed for teaching. ‘Facts’ are now ubiquitously available on the internet with a simple Google search. Good teaching of any subject has always been about enthusing, inspiring and motivating children and young people to learn and in these days of Google it has to be more than ever.

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