August 18, 2015
Can you even begin to imagine a Shakespeare play without coloreds and cripples?
A celebrated director has been savaged by the leftist arts establishment for staging a Shakespeare play about England’s medieval history with a historically correct all white cast.
Remarkably, highly regarded director Sir Trevor Nunn has been accused of “whitewashing” British history for his deliberate casting decision for a production of The Wars of the Roses, reports The Independent. Combining the Henry VI trilogy and Richard III, the omnibus of Shakespeare’s most famed history plays presents a crucial period in English history – at a time where the population was essentially entirely white.
The United Kingdom’s largest actors union Equity weighed in to criticise the play, which will be showing at the Rose theatre in Kingston with a cast of 22, with the president of the union opining: “Whilst wishing every individual actor in the production well, can it be acceptable best practice in 2015 to cast a project such as this with 22 actors but not one actor of colour or who apparently identifies themselves as having a disability?”.
Sir Trevor insisted the casting was based on a deliberate decision – and one very rarely taken in contemporary theatre – to select players according to “historical verisimilitude”. In other words, he wanted to give the appearance of realism that an average theatregoer would accept as being recognisably medieval England. He added that the feudal nature of the plays, which revolves around two great English families vying for control of the country would become more difficult to understand for the audience if the characters weren’t obviously related to one another.
Rejecting the casting logic, the Equity statement read: “To present this benchmark of British heritage in a way that effectively locks minorities out of the cultural picture [literally] flies in the face of the huge conversation taking place in British media at present, of the very real progress made in recent years to increase diversity in our industry.”
“Historical verisimilitude” my bloody arse. This completely accurate “History of the United Kingdom” text I have here, published by Steinberg & Shekelstein, 2015, makes it very clear that Britain has always been filled with Blacks and that Shakespeare himself was Pakistani.
We have always been at war with Oceania.