Tall Tails

A Canterbury Tale-ish type (re the rather naughty ‘Wife of Bath’) of absurdist ill-repute, cunningly disguised as a Herculean drama

Spetsnatz = Russian special forces

NOTES The ‘matron’ in the Russian embassy; well, she had to be KGB (or MSB by then). Our contract was to take a group of Russians and give them ‘physical’ and English language training over a month in a grand old building in a forest. Russia was briefly not the enemy it has become now.

Regarding the naked wrestling…her suggestion! Towels did fall but she strictly suggested we continue. The Ukrainian waitress ended up acting in my theatre group, called the Sostoi Ut Drama Society, but that is another tale..

The brief meeting in Trafalgar square did entail the words “ wild geese,” an embarrassingly out-of-date term for mercenaries.

Now, about the topic of Classical Greece and penises:

…as can be seen in the statues dotted here and there…

…and the paintings of satyrs on vases with rather encumbrant erections, as well as horns and a tail, it has been surmised that the ‘Greeks' did value small penises, though I am not sure a survey was taken of Greek partners on this pertinent matter .

In Classical Greek comedy, fools also routinely sported large genitals—“the sign of stupidity, more of a beast than a man.” So, too, did artistic representations of the Egyptians, who were long-time enemies of the Greeks.

The dramatist in Theatre of the Absurd mixes the comic and the tragic to put the spectator ill at ease, in order that they may gain awareness of the strangeness of the world.

Written for dverse, open mic night

I wish I knew where Karen lived now.



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