Phrases often take on lives of their own. I noticed this when reading a social media conversation where a queer friend said to a straight person “you do not experience structural homophobia, so…” It got me thinking about what that ‘structural’ is doing in that sentence. The ‘structural’ has…
20 June 1974, in BBC One’s ‘Play for Today' strand, in which British television drama was defined during the 1970s. The play is Dennis Potter's 'Schmoedipus'. Tim Curry, 28 - almost a year after he opened in The Rocky Horror Show at the Royal Court and a few months before he began shooting the movie - plays one of Potter’s many implausible visitors, seducing a woman he claims is his mother in a riff on the ‘Oedipus Schmoedipus’ gag. In the top picture, Curry, during production. In the bottom one, Dennis Potter himself in 1978.
Listen to Matthew Sweet’s feature about the playwright: ‘With Aggressive Affection’, with contributions from friends and collaborators Michael Grade, Melvyn Bragg, Alan Yentob, Janet Suzman, Kika Markham, Kenith Trodd, Jon Amiel and Tony Garnett, on the Radio 3 web site now or download it to keep.
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"Flora and the Zephyrs" (1897) (detail) by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917).